Gerry Francis says John Terry is leaving Chelsea to get more game time
That is according to pundit and West Brom coach Gerry Francis.
Chelsea skipper Terry will end his 22 year association with the club when his contract runs out in June.
He has fallen out of favour under Antonio Conte's table toppers, having not started a Premier League game since September.
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I don't think it's the end of the road for John Terry. There's still a good few years in there for him to play
Gerry Francis on John Terry
Francis has paid tribute to the former England defender and says he could return to Stamford Bridge as a coach one day.
"He's been an icon for them for many years," he said on Sky Sports.
"He's a true legend from that point of view. The fact he is leaving is for me that he wants to carry on playing.
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Gerry Francis reckons John Terry can play for a few years
"Obviously his opportunities are going to be limited but he wants to play so he has to leave to play.
"I certainly feel if things go well for him I can see him coming back to Chelsea in a coaching capacity if that's what he wants to do.
"I don't think it's the end of the road for John Terry. There's still a good few years in there for him to play."