Name: John Terry
After waving goodbye to a fellow legend less than two years ago in the form of Frank Lampard, it looks as if Chelsea fans could be seeing off another cherished Blues icon this summer after captain John Terry revealed he is set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.
The 35-year-old, who earned 78 international caps for England, has been with the defending Premier League champions since he was just 14 after joining the club’s youth and reserve teams.
A man that always wears his heart on his sleeve; as well as the skipper’s armband, Terry is arguably still Chelsea’s best defender to date having made 28 appearances in all competitions for Guus Hiddink’s side this term, including one goal in the thrilling 3-3 draw against Everton last month.
Terry has won handfuls of impressive silverware during his 21-year spell at Stamford Bridge; including five FA Cups. four Premier League titles, three League Cups, two FA Community Shields, the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Champions League.
Now on 666 first-team appearances for Chelsea since making his debut back in October 1998; the vast majority of Blues fans were left stunned by the news that the Premier League outfit are not planning to offer their commanding centre-half a new deal at the end of the season.
With Kurt Zouma recently being ruled out for six months with cruciate ligament damage; Terry’s influence alongside deputising partner Gary Cahill has suddenly become even more important than ever this term as Hiddink’s side go in search of a miraculous fourth-placed finish with 13 league games remaining.
Many feel his form leading into the summer will determine whether Chelsea perform a U-turn and extend Terry’s stay at the club for a 22nd successive year.