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Outgoing Chelsea captain John Terry says he is not moved by division over his 26th-minute substitution and farewell on the final day of the Premier League season.

The Blues’ 5-1 win over Sunderland, a game which Terry started, signalled the final time the defender would walk onto Stamford Bridge as a Chelsea player.

John Terry: "I don't really care what other people think"The 36-year-old was farewelled with a planned substitution in the 26th minute, representing his squad number. Chelsea players also formed a guard of honour. The move, which was defended by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, drew criticism, but Terry stressed he was humbled by the send-off. “I don’t really care what other people think, it’s a celebration between me and the Chelsea fans,” he said.

“Twenty-two years I’ve been at the club, so I honestly I couldn’t care less what other people say. There’s a special relationship between me and the Chelsea fans. They know what it means, they know what it means to me and they gave me an unbelievable send-off and one that I’ll never forget. Thank you for them, because it was incredible and a moment I’ll never forget.”

Terry’s final game for Chelsea will come in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley. Terry is eager to play a role on the day, but insists he will remain professional regardless of whether he plays or does not.

“With the league sealed and done, the lads are fully focused,” he added. “(There) were small celebrations after the game and rightfully so, because you work all season long to be where you want to be and lift that trophy. I’ve been on the receiving end of losing cup finals on the very last day of the season, it’s not a nice feeling. The boys have been great so if I can be part of that, whether that’s on the bench, in the squad, the manager will make his decision … I’ll be professional whatever role I play.”

Originally published at outside90.com

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