Chelsea Football Club and their captain, John Terry, jointly announced on Monday that the defender would leave the club at the end of the season.
Expressing their gratitude to the 36-year-old, the Blues said he has given them at least two decades of dedicated and exceptional service.
They added that he also displayed the utmost pride at wearing the Chelsea shirt, something he has done on 713 occasions since his debut in 1998, scoring 66 goals.
Terry is Chelsea’s third highest all-time appearance-maker, and has captained the club a record 578 times.
He said he would decide on his future in due course, stating his commitment to helping the club achieve success in the ongoing season.
“After 22 years, there is so much to say and so many people to thank at this great football club. From coaches, team-mates and staff to the fans who have given me so much support down the years, I can’t thank you enough.
“There will be opportunities for me to speak further about this over the coming weeks. I will decide on my future in due course, but for now I am committed to helping the team achieve success this season,” he said.