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John Terry to quit after last Chelsea game?

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    Chelsea captain John Terry is assessing whether to retire from football after the English Premier League champions’ final game of the season on Sunday against Sunderland.

    The 36-year-old has watched most of Chelsea’s title-winning campaignfrom the bench, but opened the scoring in Monday night’s 4-3 win over Watford – his eighth league appearance of the season.

    “I know I said I wanted to play regular football, but I have not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring,” Terry told British media after the game.

    “It depends if the right offer comes … but I haven’t made any decisions yet and I am just evaluating my options.

    “I never wanted to be that player just hanging about that people can’t wait to get rid of or stopping the progress of a younger player coming through.”

    Terry has played more than 700 times for Chelsea – the club he joined as a 14-year-old schoolboy. He said adjusting to a bit-part role this season had been hard, but credited manager Antonio Conte with helping to ease the transition.

    “He has been brilliant with me,” Terry added. “Leaving me out of the side was probably a tough decision, but… the honesty, the respect and the communication has been fantastic. As a player, that’s all you want.

    “The transition for me being on the bench and seeing it from a different aspect this year has served me well and will do if I go into management in the future.”

    © Reuters 2018

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