English football great, and former Chelsea midfielder, Frank Lampard has paid a rich tribute to his friend, colleague and former captain John Terry, declaring him "the greatest defender in the premier league history".
Terry has made just eight starts in all competitions this season, while he has made just one appearance in the league since September 11.
"I will decide on my future in due course, but for now I am committed to helping the team achieve success this season".
John Terry has sent an emotional goodbye letter to Chelsea fans, thanking everyone for their support during his 22 years as a player at the club.
Drogba and Terry won four Premier Leagues, the Champions League, three FA Cups and three League Cups together and the Ivorian's stunning description of his experience with Terry as a captain will have Chelsea fans reaching for the tissues. I never played against him but I managed teams against him, against Chelsea and maybe four times against England with Croatia.
Jamie Carragher said: 'But for me, he's the best centre-back in the Premier League era.
Terry, now 36, joined Chelsea back in 1995, becoming club captain in 2004 following Marcel Desailly's departure, and he has been a Chelsea hero throughout his time at Stamford Bridge. The news was expected, but it still hit hard and I'm guessing we won't be able to truly process its meaning for some time. Though he was largely talking in general terms because he thinks that JT would be a transfer target for most clubs still thanks in part to his "leadership and character". Terry has been at Stamford Bridge for 22 years, appearing in just under 500 Premier League games for his hometown club.
On the Easter weekend, news broke from Chelsea that John Terry, perhaps the club's greatest ever player, was set to finally leave the club after decades of loyal service.
"I've always been conscious that I depart at the right time, in the right way, and I feel that the end of this season is the right time for the club and I".
"The news of Terry leaving is incredibly odd timing, I don't get it at all", Neville told Sky Sports' Monday Night Football.
John Terry would demand wages of around £80,000-a-week according to the Daily Star, with West Bromwich Albion also interested in the former England captain.