John Terry has opened up on his decision to leave Chelsea after 22 seasons.
The club captain will depart Stamford Bridge this summer but wants to continue playing.
And the 36-year-old insists the time is right for a new project.
He said: “It’s with overwhelming emotion that earlier this week the club and I announced this will be my last season as a Chelsea player.
“This has been the toughest decision of my life for me and my family, but I always envisaged leaving on the right terms, in the right way and at the right time – and that is now.
“I feel I still have regular football in me but understand that opportunities here at Chelsea will be limited, it is therefore time for a new challenge.
“My earliest ambition as a boy was to become a professional footballer and I’m eternally grateful to Chelsea FC, my mum, dad and brother for giving me the opportunity and their total support to fulfill that dream.”
He added: “I want to stress that the journey is not yet over. There is a long way to go and we are committed to ending this campaign on a high. I am fully focused on helping the team and manager in every way I can from now until the end of the season.”
Alvaro Morata is ready to force through a move to Chelsea after another snub last night, according to reports in Spain.
Morata is desperate to quit the Bernabeu after failing to make an impression in Zinedine Zidane’s side.
The Spain striker has still managed 12 goals in 21 La Liga appearances but has only made 11 starts since returning from Juventus.
And Diario Gol claim he vented his frustrations at being an unused substitute in last night’s Champions League quarter-final second leg and is now keen to secure a move to Chelsea.
Antonio Conte has made him his No.1 summer target with Diego Costa’s future uncertain.
Conte is also considering a move for Romelu Lukaku but faces competition from Manchester United.
Chelsea are set to hold talks with AC Milan over the future of Mario Pasalic, according to reports.
The 22-year-old midfielder has been on loan from the Blues at the Serie A side this season.
Calciomercato claim Vincenzo Montella’s side are keen to keep him for another year.
The report says Pasalic has earned the trust of the Milan boss and talks are set to take place as early as next week.