LISTEN: Antonio Conte admits Chelsea will ‘lose a legend’ when John Terry leaves

first_imgAntonio Conte believes a ‘legend for this club’ will be leaving Chelsea when John Terry departs Stamford Bridge at the end of this season.It was announced earlier in the campaign that this is Terry’s final campaign at Stamford Bridge, following a remarkably successful stay in west London.He remains the Blues’ most successful ever captain, and is regarded as possibly the club’s greatest ever player.His exit is not surprising, given his lack of game time under Conte, but the Italian is well aware of Terry’s impact at Stamford Bridge.Even this season he has played a key role, despite not finding himself on the pitch too often.Speaking to talkSPORT, Conte said: “We lose a legend for this club. This season I always repeated that John helped me a lot, on and off the pitch. It’s great for me.“In the future there won’t be this kind of player. It is a pity.”Former England captain Terry is contemplating quitting altogether when he leaves the club where he has spent his entire career.But Conte has urged him to play on elsewhere. Asked if Terry should retire, Conte said: “No. Absolutely (not).“Otherwise he stays here. John wants to continue to play. I wish for him and his family the best. Chelsea will be always his home.”Monday’s 4-3 win over Watford made it 29 wins for the Blues this season, and they play Sunderland on the final day looking to become the first club to ever win 30 Premier League games in a single campaign.Conte is pleased that achievement is still on the table, as it means his players have something to focus on having already clinched the title.He added: “It’s important because this type of situation keeps you focused and keeps you concentrated on the game.“When you reach a target it is normal to lose a bit of concentration and be a bit relaxed. Instead this situation helps me to keep the concentration to my players. I think my players want to reach this target, and then prepare for the final of the FA Cup.”last_img read more