Frank Lampard hails John Terry's Chelsea career

The duo were synonymous with the club's resurgence

BY Daniel Kelly 09:10 Tuesday 18 April 2017, 9:10 18 Apr 2017

Picture by: Chris Radburn/PA Archive/PA Images

Frank Lampard has paid tribute to John Terry, calling the defender; "the last man standing of an incredible era for Chelsea".

On Monday, it was announced that Terry is to leave the club at the end of the season. A product of Chelsea's youth team, the club captain has spent his entire career at the club, with the exception of a brief loan spell at Nottingham Forest in 2000.

This season, Terry has seen his role at Chelsea greatly lessened. He has started only four Premier League games in the current campaign as Antonio Conte continues to modernise his defence with Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta.

 

The last man standing of an incredible era for @chelseafc. What a pleasure to play with the greatest defender in the @premierleague history. In fact, I'd put him up with any defender in world football of any era. He led the club both on and off the pitch from the moment he made his debut. He set standards for everyone, whether it was demanding excellence in training, fighting for every win or respecting how fortunate we were to play for such a great club. He was, and is, a legend, not just for his talent but just as much for his desire to get the best out of himself and others around him. That's what made him the most successful captain in the club's history. Off the pitch a great friend to not just me but so many at the club and outside of it. The countless things I've seen JT do to help people outside of the game, things that not many see, are what defines him as a man. @johnterry.26 you deserve every accolade you get over the next weeks and beyond and I hope you get what you deserve and lift two massive trophies at the end of the season(just to add to the tally 😂). Whatever you do next I know everyone will respect your decision and I know that the Chels will always be your club. Absolute respect 💙💙👊👊#jt #captain #leader #legend

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Lampard and Terry won countless titles together at Chelsea, with the midfielder hailing Terry as "the greatest defender in the Premier League era".

"I'd put him up with any defender in world football of any era", Lampard added. "He led the club both on and off the pitch from the moment he made his debut."

"He was, and is, a legend, not just for his talent but just as much for his desire to get the best out of himself and others around him. That's what made him the most successful captain in the club's history."

Terry is to continue playing next season, but he will always be remembered for his time at Chelsea, where he will be known as "Captain. Leader. Legend".

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