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John Terry says time right to leave Chelsea

Wilkins, who worked with Terry at Chelsea between 2008 and 2010, thinks the former England global still has a "burning desire" to play football and will undoubtedly be frustrated at being given a watching brief as his beloved Blues edge towards Premier League glory.

Terry, who remains Chelsea's club captain, has won 14 major honours and made 713 appearances since his first-team debut in 1998.

"We had some really positive talks but with everything taken into careful consideration I have decided it's the right time for me to leave".

Swans are in the midst of a relegation battle, but if they do go down, Terry could sign with them and still actually keep his promise to Chelsea fans.

John Terry of Chelsea celebrates after the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Britannia Stadium on December 22, 2014 in Stoke on Trent, England.

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.

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Meanwhile, Spurs have also had some great defenders during their history and fan favourite King is regarded as one of the best.

A number of former Chelsea teammates have since paid homage to Terry on Instagram, with Lampard leading the tributes (see below).

Terry has been a bit-part player for the Chelsea this season, featuring in just five Premier League games for Antonio Conte's league leaders. In fact, I d put him up with any defender in world football of any era.

'He was, and is, a legend, not just for his talent but just as much for his desire to get the best out of himself and others around him.

And Chelsea defender Azpilicueta was quick to pay tribute to Terry via a heartfelt post on social media.

The former England worldwide, who has made enough appearances to receiver another Premier League winners' medal this term should Chelsea land the title, did reiterate his desire to return to Stamford Bridge in another role in the future. "He's a great player, but also a great man and for me it's fantastic to have a person like him to help me in my first season at Chelsea".

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