Chelsea captain John Terry told fans that he will ‘come back one day’ as he said an emotional goodbye at the end of the Premier League season.
Terry lifted his fifth Premier League trophy on Sunday as Chelsea ended the season by beating Sunderland 5-1, which saw Terry taken off in the 26th minute and the players give him a guard of honour.
“Today is one of the most difficult days of my life,” said Terry.
“I’ve been very fortunate to work with some unbelievable players and managers throughout my career. I’m thankful to every single one of them.
“I’d like to thank my wife and my kids for supporting me in this amazing journey I’ve had.
“You are the best supporters in the world, without a shadow of a doubt. You’ve given me everything. You picked me up when I was down, sung my name when I had a bad game and disappointed you.
“I’ll come back here one day, supporting the team for years to come.”
Terry also paid tribute to departing first-team coach Steve Holland, who will now take up a full-time role with the England national team, as well as the owner Roman Abramovich, his family and the club’s supporters.
“We all have to thank Roman Abramovich. I’d like to thank him and all the board. He’s the best owner in world football.”
Terry came through the Chelsea academy and he has represented the club during his entire career bar a loan spell with Nottingham Forest in 2000.
As captain of the club he won five Premier League titles, four FA Cups (as well the 2000 trophy when he wasn’t captain), three League Cups, one Europa League and one Champions League.
In total he made over 700 appearances for the club and is widely regarded to be one of the greatest centre-backs in Premier League history.