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26th-minute substitution was 'my idea' says John Terry Chelsea captain


John Terry has revealed his 26th-minute farewell in his final Chelsea game was his idea, with Sunderland boss David Moyes admitting his side agreed to put the ball out to allow the substitution.

John Terry received a guard of honour from team-mates as he left in the 26th minute matching his shirt number.

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"I kind of negotiated with the manager to play 26 minutes and come off," Terry told Sky Sports

"I think he wanted to get the boys that didn't play on Monday night against Watford and give them a run-out. It was a compromise between the two of us."

In his post-match news conference Sunderland manager David Moyes said: "We knew it was coming and we agreed to put the ball out."

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte told BBC Radio 5 live: "I think that we had to find the best for him - to start the game and to be substituted in 26 minutes, his shirt number.

"To see our players prepare a guard of honour for him was great, a fantastic idea.

"He deserved this. He's a legend of this club, not just this club but one of the best defenders in the world."