Sport Conte: Terry will be a loss

19:56  21 april  2017
19:56  21 april  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

Replacing Chelsea captain Terry not easy for Conte

  Replacing Chelsea captain Terry not easy for Conte After John Terry's departure from Chelsea was announced, Antonio Conte acknowledged that the iconic captain will be difficult to replace.Antonio Conte believes Chelsea have a tough task ahead of them in finding a replacement for departing captain John Terry.

Antonio Conte says he understands and respects John Terry ’s decision to leave Chelsea but insists the defender will be a "serious loss " to the club.

Conte is reluctant to play Terry anywhere other than as the central man in his back three. If you asked me if it is a serious loss next season, I will say yes. I see what John is doing this season, and for the changing room and Chelsea this moment, we are building a foundation.

Antonio Conte says he understands and respects John Terry’s decision to leave Chelsea but insists the defender will be a "serious loss" to the club.

The Blues and the 36-year-old skipper both announced on Monday that he will leave Stamford Bridge after 22 years when his contract expires in the summer.

Terry has won 14 major trophies since making his debut in 1998 but has struggled for game-time this season, with Conte preferring to go with Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and David Luiz in a three at the back, but the Italian says his departure will hurt the team.

Replacing Chelsea captain Terry not easy for Conte

  Replacing Chelsea captain Terry not easy for Conte The Chelsea boss acknowledged replacing the centre-back and captain will be difficult, but believes it is part of a process the club must go throughAntonio Conte believes Chelsea have a tough task ahead of them in finding a replacement for departing captain John Terry.

Terry will leave Chelsea after 22 seasons in the summer but wants to continue playing. He has struggled under Conte this season with injuries and then the form of others restricting his “We have to respect his decision. “If you ask me if next season it is a serious loss yes, I think so.

Antonio Conte says that John Terry will be a “serious loss ” to Chelsea when the centre-half finally leaves the club at the end of the season, as much for what he can contribute off the pitch to the club’s future, as what he has done on the pitch in the past.

"I am not surprised about this [the reaction]. I am repeating that John, for me in this first season, is very important. He is helping me on and off the pitch," Conte said.

"He is a great captain, the problem is that John wants to play regularly and for this reason we have to respect his decision. I was a footballer and when you arrive at this point of your career, and your body tells you to continue it is right to.

"We have to respect his decision. If you ask me if next season it is a serious loss...yes, I think so. I am seeing what John is doing this season in the changing room. We are building a foundation and he is important to this."

Chelsea play Tottenham at Wembley in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final but Conte could be without Cahill after revealing that the defender was treated this week for a small stone in his kidney.

'Irreplaceable' Terry will be a loss for Chelsea - Fabregas

  'Irreplaceable' Terry will be a loss for Chelsea - Fabregas Cesc Fabregas hopes Chelsea can give John Terry a title-winning send-off before he departs Stamford Bridge.Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has described club captain John Terry as "irreplaceable", with the long-serving defender set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

Antonio Conte has been dealt a blow with the news that John Terry has not recovered from his ankle injury in time to face Arsenal on Saturday. Chelsea will travel to the Emirates Stadium looking to atone for the 2-1 loss against Liverpool in their last Premier League fixture. Arsenal have failed to score in

Spain international Fabregas, himself linked with a departure next season, said the loss of the former England skipper will be difficult to comprehend. He is irreplaceable for now." Terry has made just 10 appearances for Antonio Conte 's side this season, but has the opportunity to bow out on a victorious

The 31-year-old was admitted to hospital on Tuesday after training and released on Thursday following treatment and tests but the Blues boss says it is "very difficult" for Cahill to be ready for the cup tie.

"He arrived at the training ground with a bit of fever," Conte said. "Our doctor preferred to bring him to the hospital and to check his condition. Not a serious problem, but now Gary is getting better and is improving a lot.

"If you ask me for tomorrow, my answer is it is very difficult. This period is not a lucky period for us."

Asked whether Terry could come back into the side to replace Cahill, Conte added: "This is a semi-final and in this season we try to have in every position two options - the player that usually players and another.

"When John plays it is more central, but that is David Luiz. I have to think about the right solution."

John Terry to leave Chelsea at the end of the season .
John Terry to leave Chelsea at the end of the seasonThe statement claims that the decision is a joint one and that after 22 successful years at Stamford Bridge, club captain Terry will seek pastures new at the end of his contract when the season comes to its close.

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