Terry unfazed by substitution criticism

John Terry

Chelsea captain John Terry claims he couldn't care less about the recent backlash to his scripted early substitution in his last match for the club.

The Blues raised eyebrows when the ball was booted out of play in the 26th minute, the same as the number on his back, and a guard of honour was formed as Terry left the field to a standing ovation at Stamford Bridge.

Some took it at face value, accepting it as a fitting tribute to one of the club's greatest servants, but others saw the orchestrated event as contrived and out of place on a professional football pitch.

"I don't really care what other people think," the 36-year-old centre-back told Sky Sports News HQ.

"It's a celebration between me and the Chelsea fans – 22 years I have been at the football club so honestly I couldn't care less what other people say.

"It's a special relationship between me and the Chelsea fans. They know what it means to me and they gave me an unbelievable send-off, one I will never forget.

"Thank you to them because it was incredible and a moment I will never, ever forget."

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