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​Terry dismisses criticism of his Chelsea farewell

John Terry is unrepentant about the manner of his emotional Chelsea farewell and resulting criticism.

Terry's contrived departure, leaving the field to a guard of honour from his team-mates, was criticised by some pundits.

Further concerns were raised after a bookmaker paid out thousands of pounds to three punters who bet on the specific time of the substitution, which corresponded to Terry's shirt number.

"I couldn't care less, I promise you," the 36 year old said. "All I care about is celebrating with my Chelsea fans. Me and them have a wonderful rapport and have done for 22 years.

"Nothing that people write or say can ever get in the way of that.

"If that's the way I want to go out, that's the way I go out because I've been here 22 years, I've won so many trophies - so if I wanted to play one minute and come off, I would have done.

"I wanted to play 26 minutes because the shirt number means a lot to me and the supporters so as long as they are happy - and I was over the moon with the reception - I promise you I could not care less."

"It was an unbelievable send-off from the supporters to help me to celebrate 22 years at the club," he added.

"I'm very grateful to them, and it was something I will never forget. It was so emotional after the game, I was in bits."

Ian Ferris
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