Cesc Fabregas has expressed his surprise over John Terry’s decision to call time on his Chelsea career, and admits the club captain will be ‘irreplaceable’ when he departs at the season’s end.
The Blues midfielder spoke to talkSPORT ahead of the club’s crunch FA Cup semi-final match against London rivals Tottenham on Saturday, and was quizzed over his feelings surrounding Terry’s announcement.
The Chelsea legend is set to leave the club after 20 years when his contract expires on July 1, and Fabregas revealed that the centre back’s decision to leave Stamford Bridge had left him shocked.
He said: “It came as a surprise. There was a lot of talk and speculation that it could be his last year but we didn’t know for sure. It is a very personal decision between him and the club.
“It is a shame because I cannot see anyone replacing the role he does in the team. He is irreplaceable for now.”
Terry, Chelsea’s most decorated player thanks to the number of titles he has won, must now weigh up the final move of his playing career before he eventually hangs up his boots for the final time.
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Fabregas, who has played alongside the defender over the past three seasons, added that he and his team mates were hoping to give the 36-year-old the best possible send off by adding a further two winners’ medals to his collection in the form of the Premier League title and FA Cup trophy ahead of his departure.
He said: “We will miss him. Hopefully, we can lift trophies at the end of the season for him.
“You always play the game at your maximum but to be able to win two trophies for him and lift them before he goes and says goodbye to everyone would be major for him and fantastic for Chelsea.”
Terry, who made his senior bow way back in October 1998, has made 685 appearances in all competitions for the Blues, scoring 64 goals and lifting 16 trophies along the way.
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