Cape Town - John
Terry says that he won't rush into retirement following his final
appearance for Chelsea on Sunday, saying that he fears regretting the
The Chelsea legend revealed that he decided to delay hanging up his
boots following advice from former club and country teammates Frank
Lampard and Jamie Carragher, both of whom advised him not to end his
career too early.
Terry, who made 717 appearances for the newly-crowned Premier League champions in an illustrious
career spanning almost two decades, ran onto the field for the last
time on Sunday in his club's 5-1 win over Sunderland and spoke with
reporters after the match about his future.
"I need to take a step back away from the bubble and say, 'What does
John Terry want to do?'," he said. "Once you stop, that's it. I have put
in a few calls to ex-players, Jamie Carragher, Lamps. Everyone says,
'Play as long as you can,'" the 36-year old continued.
"I never want to be that player who says, 'I wish I'd played a couple
more years.' You can’t replace these moments," Terry added. "When I
went out to play against Watford last week, the smell of the grass where
it had rained and it was a little bit zippy – all of those things you
take for granted over the years. They are the things you are going to
"Ideally, I want to play as long as I can. Physically, I know I can.
This year I'm probably fitter than I’ve ever been. Under a manager that
works with me on the tactical side of things it takes four or five
games to get the sharpness. But the hunger is there inside me to push on
and win stuff.
“Everything is an option. I’m not ruling anything out. Whether that
be retirement, playing, going into management – I’m halfway through my
B-Licence – this or that.
"We all think we can play on until we’re 40, but if ever there was a way to go out it was like this," Terry added.