John Terry used his ‘farewell’ speech to the Chelsea fans to make a promise about the club’s title aspirations next season – and he couldn’t resist a cheeky jibe at Tottenham’s title miss.
Terry addressed the crowd following Chelsea’s draw with Leicester. The 35-year-old is out of contract on June 30 and is currently considering the offer of a 12-month extension.
Regardless of where his future lies, Terry used the opportunity to address the supporters at Stamford Bridge.
Here is his speech in full.
Terry: “First and foremost from me I’d like to wish Claudio Ranieri, the Leicester team and the Leicester fans congratulations from me.
“For me I’m delighted Leicester have won it and I’m just glad Tottenham haven’t.
“For us Chelsea fans, this season has been a difficult one. It’s not been us, we’ve not been at our best and we are where we deserve to be in the league. From the supporters’ point of view, you’ve stuck with us through thick and thin.
“We’ve had some great times in recent years and you’ve been a big part of that.
“Not only myself, but all the players, thank you for the support this year, because at times we’ve all accepted we’ve not been good enough.
“But I can assure you, we’ll be back next year and we’ll be fighting for this title.
“On a personal note I’d like to thank everyone as well. In early season it’s been tough for me, very emotional and the support over recent weeks… (welling up, pauses).”
(Crowd sing: “John Terry, John Terry”)
Terry: “Chelsea is my life, just like it is yours. You’ve been a big part of the best moments in my life in this stadium. From myself and all the players I’d like to say a big thank you.
“Just before I sign off I’d like to say a huge thank you to Guus Hiddink. A great man for what he’s done for this football club before and he’s come back and done it again. He’s picked us up.
“He’s just a real honest and great man. Again, from the players we thank him, Steve Holland, Eddie (Newton), all the staff because they’re doing fantastic.”
(Crowd sing: “John Terry, we want you stay”)
“We all want the same thing. I’ve said for a very long time I want to be here for the rest of my career. I want to finish my career here. We’ll have a few days and we’ll be speaking to the club. Listen, I want to stay. The club knows that, the fans know that.”
(Crowd cheer, Roman Abramovich applauds)
Terry: “I just want to say well done to the young boys, as well. Tammy (Abraham) and Fikayo (Tomori), you’ve been fantastic, Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) as well. Let’s hope we can keep producing these young boys and get them on the pitch in the first team. Thank you again. You’ve been unbelievable for me personally and for the team as well. On behalf of the whole squad, thank you very much.”