Chelsea’s John Terry says his elvis could leave the building at the end of this summer.
The English man registered his 716th Chelsea appearance and likely his last one at Stamford Bridge, scoring his 67th goals as the Premier League champions mauled Watford 4-3 on Monday night.
He will leave the Stamford Bridge this summer having spent 22 years and will also be expected to play on Sunday when Chelsea take on Sunderland and lift their fifth championship title and 15th major honour.
A 16th will be sought in the May 27 FA Cup final with Arsenal, when Antonio Conte will bid to end his first season as head coach with the double.
The former England captain is likely to receive many offers to play on, but he is considering quitting altogether when he leaves Chelsea where he has spent his entire career.
“I’ve still not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring from from football,” Terry told Sky Sports 1.
“I never wanted to be that player that was kind of hanging about, stopping the younger players from coming through.
“It depends, if the right offer comes along I will sit down and consider it with my family – whether that’s here, abroad, or wherever that may be.
“Genuinely I haven’t made any decisions of yet and I’m evaluating all my options at the moment.”
Blues manager Antonio Conte. however, thinks he should not retire and instead stick by his decision to continue playing regularly elsewhere, which was his motivation for leaving Chelsea.
Conte when asked if Terry should retire 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.
“When you arrive at this moment and your heart, your head and your body tell you continue to play, because you want to play, it’s right.”
The Premier League trophy will be handed over to Chelsea after their final match of the season at home against Sunderland on Sunday.
Conte added: “This is the right final for John.”
There might be chances for Terry to join Chelsea coaching sections when assistant boss Steve Holland leaves to join England full-time this summer.
Conte admits his “door is open” for Holland to stay, but the former Juventus boss understands the lure of the national team.
John Terry was named to start in the league for the first time since September 11 against Swansea and played his first game since the February 18 FA Cup win at Wolves.
There was an element of good fortune about his goal as Willian’s corner was headed by Kurt Zouma on to Terry’s back.
He dropped kindly for Terry in the area, he struck it with his shin and the ball went in off the post.
Two minutes later the Englishman gifted Watford a rare away goal scored by Etienne Capoue, while he was also guilty in Stefano Okaka’s strike which made it 3-3 before Cesc Fabregas’ 88th-minute winner.
Cesar Azpilicueta and Michy Batshuayi, who bagged the title-clinching goal against West Brom, were also on target for the Blues, while Daryl Janmaat scored a brilliant strike for the visitors.
“It’s funny to watch a game and to see both teams score four and three goals,” Conte said.
“When you’ve won the league you can allow this situation.”
Conte make jest of striker Diego Costa being in the media room at half-time, where the unused substitute ate an orange.
Conte said: “I’m very angry with him, because he must think to share.”
If his side should win against Sunderland, they will become the first club to record 30 victories in a 38-game season and Conte could change his first-choice line-up making nine changes against Watford.
Conte added: “We won our 29th game in this league. It’s a great achievement.
“We have the possibility to win 30 games and we have to try to reach this target now.
“You can write some records. It’s important for the history.”
Conte wore a crown for a lap of honour which followed fireworks and streamers.
He added: “This season, every single player must be a king for the supporters.”