Lampard, ex-Chelsea players pay tribute to departing John Terry

By Richard Johnson

Frank Lampard paid tribute to his long-time Chelsea team-mate John Terry after the defender announced he is set to leave the club in the summer.

Terry revealed after Sunday’s FA Cup win over MK Dons that he is not being offered a new contract by the Blues when his current deal expires after this season, ending his 18-season spell in the club’s first team barring a late U-turn.

Lampard, who left Stamford Bridge in 2014, posted a picture on Instagram of the pair celebrating together for Chelsea with the caption: “#captain #legend #chelsea #winner @johnterry.26”

Another former Chelsea man, Graeme Le Saux, is disappointed to see Terry heading for the exit door.

The former England full-back told BBC Radio 5 Live: “The relationship between an older player who’s been at the club all his career and is getting to the end of that lifespan, it’s whether the club are going to compromise or the player’s going to compromise. It’s difficult for both the club and John Terry but I’d love to see him there, because I think he still has a huge role to play.”

Chris Sutton, who spent the 1999-2000 season with Chelsea, told the same station: “It’s disappointing more than anything. Clubs don’t show enough loyalty to players. John Terry’s been a tremendous servant, he’s been outstanding for the last 15 or 20 years for Chelsea, and he deserves better. Chelsea have been struggling and John Terry, I think, as this season has gone on has got better and better.”

Regarding Terry’s decision to reveal the news, Sutton added: “He’s annoyed, he’s angry… I think he would just feel let down. He’s given so much to Chelsea and I think he expected more from the club.”

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