first_imgLONDON (AP):Chelsea captain John Terry will leave the Premier League champions at the end of the season after the club he has served since the age of 14 told him it would not be renewing his contract.The 35-year-old central defender, the most successful captain in Chelsea’s history, was informed about the decision before last week’s 1-0 league win over Arsenal.”I was in last week before the Arsenal game, and it (my contract) is not going to be extended,” he said. “It’s not going to be a fairy-tale ending. I’m not going to retire at Chelsea.”Ideally, I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction. I needed to know now, like I have done every January, and sometimes it takes a couple of months to get done. Unfortunately, it was a ‘no’.”Terry has been offered a faint glimmer of hope about his future at Stamford Bridge, where Dutchman Guus Hiddink has taken over as interim coach until the end of the season, following the firing of JosÈ Mourinho last December.”They said that when the new manager comes in, things might change. It’s a ‘no’ at the minute,” Terry said.”It took me a couple of days to get over.”Having joined the youth ranks and then made his senior debut in 1998, Terry was appointed club captain in 2004. His physical presence, anticipation and leadership qualities made him the outstanding figure in Chelsea’s defence as the club enjoyed a run of trophy success.In total, Terry has helped the club win four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the 2012 Champions League, and the 2013 Europa League. He also captained England during a 78-cap career before he retired from international football in 2012.He held on to the Chelsea captaincy, despite being banned for four matches and fined in 2012 for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.Having made 696 appearances for the Blues, Terry’s next destination is likely to be abroad.”I couldn’t play for another Premier League club. It will be elsewhere for sure,” he said. “I don’t know where, and I leave that to the people in charge.”Despite the lack of a fairy-tale ending, Terry wished the team well for the future.”The club will move on; no player is ever bigger than the club,” he said. “No doubt they’ll sign one or two great centre backs.”I want to come back as a Chelsea supporter in years to come with my kids and see the team doing great. Unfortunately, that’s not going to be with me, but I want to see the team do well.”Chelsea’s season has so far been a chaotic one, with the champions languishing in the wrong half of the table after a poor start under Mourinho.However, yesterday’s 5-1 win over second-tier MK Dons in the FA Cup was the latest indication of a recovery under Hiddink – a revival that Terry wants to see continue in his final season.Chelsea are currently 13th in the Premier League standings on 28 points, 14 behind Tottenham in the fourth and final Champions League slot.”It’s going to be my last year, and I want to go out at the top,” he said.”We spoke about my legacy and coming back to the club when I finish. The most important thing now is to get us up the league.”last_img read more

first_imgLucknow Oct 8 (PTI) Uttar Pradesh government today transferred 11 IAS officers, including Rama Raman and posted him as chairman of Noida.An official spokesman said Raman, who was awaiting posting, has also been made principal secretary Infrastructural and Industrial Development and will relieve Sanjay Agarwal, principal secretary power, who was holding these departments as an additional charge.Principal secretary, Rural Engineering Service, Mahesh Gupta has been sent to Backward Welfare Department, he said adding Gupta will relieve principal secretary, Social Welfare, Manoj Singh, who was looking after these departments as an additional charge.Principal secretary, Sports and Youth Welfare, Anita Bhatnagar Jain has been sent to Higher Education Department with additional charge of minor irrigation.Principal secretary, Information, Navneet Sehgal has been given the additional charge of Sports and Youth Development, the spokesman said, adding special secretary, Infrastructure, Rishikesh Bhaskar Yashod has been made staff-officer to chief secretary.Special secretary, Social Welfare, Ishwari Prasad Pandey has been made registrar Chit Funds and special secretary Entertainment Tax. Atal Kumar Rai has been posted as secretary to Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission, the spokesman added. PTI SAB AQS AQSlast_img read more

first_imgChandigarh, Nov 19 (PTI) SAD chief and former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Monday told the SIT members he has never met Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar outside Punjab.Badal appeared before the special investigation team (SIT) probing the 2015 police firing incidents at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura following sacrilege incidents in Faridkot, even as he described the SIT investigation as politically motivated .Sukhbir Badal, who was quizzed by SIT at Punjab police headquarters here for about an hour, was also asked whether he met the actor in Mumbai. The name of actor Akshay Kumar was mentioned in Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report on sacrilege incidents which was tabled in Punjab Vidhan Sabha in August this year.”They (SIT) asked me whether you met Akshay in Mumbai. I asked them what is the proof behind this claim. I told them you are asking me a question and not telling me who said this. They said they cannot share. ” I told them I never met Akshay Kumar outside Punjab in my life. I met him at a sports function (in Punjab), he told reporters.Notably, SIT, besides summoning Sukhbir and former CM Parkash Singh Badal, had also summoned Akshay Kumar. According to the report, a meeting between Sukhbir Singh Badal and Dera Sacha Sauda sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in connection with the release of latter’s movie ‘MSG’ was held at actor’s flat in Mumbai in 2015.It said the meeting was held before the pardon given to Dera head in a blasphemy case.       The movie MSG could not be released in Punjab in September 2015 because of an edict by Akal Takht. Akshay Kumar had then denied having met the Dera Sacha Sauda sect head. Meanwhile, Sukhbir Badal charged that all the questions asked by SIT members were “politically motivated.”advertisementThe former deputy chief minister said he was not in the state when the Kotkapura incident took place. Sukhbir Badal also raised a question over the FIR in connection with which he was summoned before the SIT and alleged it was registered three years after the incident. Notably, former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had been questioned by the SIT team on November 16. PTI CHS VSD TVSTVSlast_img read more