RANIERI REVEALS THE FIRST THING HE DID WHEN HE SAW TERRY. READ WHAT BALLACK AND OTHER CHELSEA LEGENDS HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE DEPARTING JOHN TERRY

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John Terry’s time at Chelsea is up, and the 36-year-old has had a great career in the club he has called home since age 14.

He was given a farewell on the pitch in his last game for the Blues, against Sunderland in the Premier League.

The Chelsea captain was also given a warm reception at the Chelsea end of season awards, and so many people had to say great things about him.

Michael Ballack recounted his past astonishment when Terry turned up to travel to an away game one day despite being suspended. “You don’t need to come with us, we can do it,” Ballack told Terry. “I know I don’t need to but I want to,” Terry’s response.

Blues legend Frank Leboeuf said of the captain: “JT, I remember when you were very young, working outside every day in your short-sleeved t-shirt when everyone was freezing, and you amazed us, and I remember leaving the club in 2001 and I came to tell you to do the job now, I am sure you can do it. Well you did great!”

Chelsea Under-18s manager Jody Morris, a fellow graduate of the Chelsea youth system and former team-mate of Terry’s, revealed that the Academy has made a special presentation to him to say thanks for his continued contribution to that area of the club over the years.

Former Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri was the one who put Terry in the first team and also gave him his first game as captain. He revealed that he was amazed when he saw Terry play in the Chelsea reserve team.

“When I saw John for the first time it was in the reserve team and I was so surprised, I said ‘unbelievable!’ I had a couple of fantastic central defenders, World Cup winners, but I had to find a solution to put John in the team. And slowly I take out and put on the bench Leboeuf. I am sorry Frank, maybe you hate me but..”

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