John Terry could still stay at Chelsea despite the captain announcing he will leave the club at the end of the season.
The 35-year-old had been hoping to secure a 12-month extension to his current deal, which expires at the end of the season.
However, Terry was informed by the club prior to last week’s win at Arsenal that there were no plans to renew his deal.
And the former England captain made Chelsea’s decision public in a hotel corridor inside stadium:mk following a 5-1 FA Cup win at MK Dons on Sunday.
“It’s not going to be a fairytale ending, I’m not going to retire at Chelsea,” Terry said.
Terry said the incoming manager may be able to reverse the decision, while Chelsea suggested a contract offer could be forthcoming.
A club spokesman said: “John requested a meeting with the club the week before last.
“In that meeting he asked about the possibility of an extension to his existing contract.
“John was advised that while no new deal was currently on the table, that situation could change in the coming months.
“The club has the utmost respect for John and everything he has helped us achieve to date.
“He is a fantastic servant of Chelsea Football Club and a superb captain and, as such, the club will keep the channels of dialogue open.”