Chelsea's John Terry: 'I've still not ruled out Sunday being my last game'
John Terry says he could retire when his Chelsea career comes to an end this summer.
Terry made his 716th Chelsea appearance and likely his penultimate one at Stamford Bridge, scoring his 67th goal as the Premier League champions beat Watford 4-3 on Monday night.
The 36-year-old defender will leave Chelsea this summer after 22 years and will also be expected to play on Sunday against Sunderland when he will lift a fifth championship title and 15th major honour.
A 16th will be sought in the May 27 FA Cup final with Arsenal, when Antonio Conte will bid to end his first season as head coach with the double.
Former England captain Terry is likely to receive numerous offers to play on, but he is contemplating quitting altogether when he leaves the club where he has spent his entire career.
"I've still not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring from from football," Terry told Sky Sports. "I never wanted to be that player that was kind of hanging about, stopping the younger players from coming through.
"It depends, if the right offer comes along I will sit down and consider it with my family -- whether that's here, abroad, or wherever that may be.
"Genuinely I haven't made any decisions of yet and I'm evaluating all my options at the moment."
Conte said Terry should not retire and instead stick by his decision to continue playing regularly elsewhere, which was his motivation for departing Chelsea.
Asked if Terry should retire, Conte said: "No. Absolutely [not]. Otherwise he stays here. John wants to continue to play. I wish for him and his family the best. Chelsea will be always his home.
"When you arrive at this moment and your heart, your head and your body tell you continue to play, because you want to play, it's right."
Terry admitted saying farewell to the Stamford Bridge fans in the final game of the season against Sunderland on Sunday would be difficult.
"It's going to be tough. Tonight was tough but next week I'm going to be in bits," he added.
Terry, handed his first league start since September as Antonio Conte rested nine of the players who sealed the title at West Brom on Friday, opened the scoring for the Blues but two minutes later gifted Etienne Capoue an equaliser.
"First and foremost it was great for me to get in the starting lineup tonightm" Terry said. [I was] delighted to get on the scoresheet and more importantly to get the win tonight.''
Cesar Azpilicueta said Chelsea had been prepared for a tough challenge from Watford.
"It was our first game as champions so we knew it would be tough," he said. "They pushed us to the end but we showed great character, great desire.''
If Azpilicueta plays the whole game against Sunderland he will have featured in every minute of every Premier League game for Chelsea this season.
He added: "It's something amazing. The manager has shown great confidence in me. It is something I really appreciate and I work a lot. I want to play [against Sunderland], I want to play every game.''