Chelsea legend and captain John Terry bid farewell to Stamford Bridge today on his final league appearance for Chelsea.
In an emotional post-match address, Terry thanked the supporters, his team-mates, manager Antonio Conte and owner Roman Abramovich.
“Today is one of the most difficult days of my life,” Terry said.
“I have been very fortunate to play with unbelievable players and managers in my career, thankful to every one of you. We all have to thank Roman Abramovich, I’d like to thank him and the board, the best in world football. He loves this club from the U8s up, year in year out, to give us best opportunity. On behalf of myself and the fans, thanks.
“I’d like to thank my wife and kids for supporting me on this amazing journey I have had, I love you. Lastly you guys the fans, the best supporters in the world without a shadow of a doubt. You have given everything from the age of 14, picked me up when I was down, sung my name when I have had bad games and disappointed you.
“Thank you will never be enough, but I will be back here one day, and I will always be supporting the team and players from the bottom of my heart.’
“I couldn’t imagine this, you always wonder what this day would be like, I thought I would be alright but I have just melted.
Terry was substituted in the 26th minute and received a guard of honour from his team-mates.
“26 minutes wasn’t a plan, but negotiated with the manager. It’s more important that players get sharp for the Cup Final,” Terry explained.
“Thank you will never be enough for the fans. When you get that support as player, it’s amazing.”