John Terry defends Sunderland substitution and 'couldn't care less' about criticism

Solenn Plantier
Juin 2, 2017

It is believed that a move overseas to China or the U.S. is now unlikely, and Terry will be making a straight decision between continuing to play Premier League football for a club that can offer regular game time, or retirement.

Terry departed to a guard of honour from his Chelsea team-mates, a contrived farewell that was criticised by several former players.

The defender was substituted just 26 minutes into the match as a tribute to his squad number, which he has worn throughout his career with the club.

And, this is now being investigated by the FA.

Chelsea won for a record 30th time this season on Sunday, beating relegated Sunderland 5-1 before picking up the the Premier League trophy. Me and them have an unbelievable rapport - and we have for 22 years.

"I wanted to play 26 minutes and come off because of the shirt number".

"As long as the supporters are happy -- and I'm over the moon with the reception they gave me -- I couldn't case less", added Terry, whose life off the pitch has been often controversial.

"I couldn't care less, I promise you".

Terry's final game for Chelsea will come in Saturday's FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley.

"I'm not talking about tactical game, I'm talking about motivation, right fire in ourselves, in our soul, in our heart".

Terry may have said his goodbyes to Stamford Bridge but remains keen to play on after speaking to several former club and worldwide team-mates like Frank Lampard and Jamie Carragher, who told him not to quit.

Dozens of small children in Chelsea kit, the sons and daughters of the players and staff, joined the festivities as players sprayed Conte with champagne and loudspeakers blared out "We are the Champions".

"I couldn't care less", Terry said on Wednesday after training.

Terry, who had made his 717th appearance for the Blues, lifted the Premier League trophy with teammate Gary Cahill after the match, before Terry addressed the supporters in a speech.

Moyes conceded the gap between the champions and the Premier League's bottom club was always going to be hard to overcome.

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