John Terry reacts after Abramovich announces he’s leaving Chelsea

John Terry reacts after Roman Abramovich announces he’s leaving Chelsea

John Terry has been one of the first former Chelsea players to send gratitude to Roman Abramovich following his huge decision to sell the club.

The Blues officially confirmed Abramovich’s verdict call earlier today via a social media letter from Abramovich himself.

In a rare act of public speaking, the Russian businessman declared he would be stepping down from his post at the helm of the organisation he built from the ground up.

“Please know that this has been an incredibly difficult decision to make, and it pains me to part with the Club in this manner,” wrote the 55-year-old.

“However, I do believe this is in the best interest of the Club.”

Why is Abramovich selling Chelsea?

This difficult but perhaps unsurprising conclusion has come in response to potential sanctions Abramovich might soon face due to his relationship with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

Reports have repeatedly been circulating in the past few days about who will be the next owner of the Champions League holders.

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Billionaire duo Hansjorg Wyss and Todd Boehly are reportedly leading the chase to takeover the now vacant top position at Chelsea.

Whoever does replace Abramovich, they will struggle to emulate the success of their predecessor.

When Abramovich bought the rights to the Blues in 2003, they were a team with ambitions but not much to show for it.

In the two decades since the ownership changed hands, Chelsea have been one of the most triumphant sides in Premier League history.

Five league titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, two Champions League, two Europa Leagues and two other major trophies have been won during the Abramovich era.

He has supplied each and every manager with a financial war chest to help them achieve ultimate glory.

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However, one of the stalwarts of his supremacy wasn’t signed by his fair hand.

Terry love Roman

Terry witnessed the good, the bad and the ugly at Chelsea during a career that started in 1998 and spanned 19 years in South West London.

He and Abramovich won pretty much everything that there was to win together, hence his heartfelt reply to the former chief on Instagram.

We echo Terry’s words; thank you for everything, Roman.

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"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."