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Chelsea will struggle to find another player and character like departing club captain John Terry, according to former Blues star Joe Cole.

The veteran defender is finally set to walk away from Stamford Bridge at the end of this season when his contract expires, having spent his entire career up to now in west London.

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Whilst leaving Chelsea in need of new signings in defence, Cole also feels Terry’s influence behind the scenes will mean he is a huge loss for the club and a figure who’ll be near impossible to replace.

Speaking about his time alongside Terry at Chelsea, Cole told the Daily Mail: ‘When I signed for Chelsea, he was the first person to see me as I walked through the door.

John Terry will leave at the end of his contract this summer (Picture: Getty)

‘Although he’s only a few months older, he put his arm around me and it was like, “I’ll look after you” like the new kid at school, like an older brother.

‘Chelsea will miss that. They are a well-run club but forget everything he does on the pitch, it’s the unseen things as a captain.

‘I remember I was having a bit of a rough time there. He recognised it and got one of the video analysts to make a compilation of all my best bits. It was a little touch but it really lifted me.

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John Terry: Captain, leader, legend

Made his Chelsea debut against Aston Villa in 1998

Has played over 700 games for the club

Trophy haul includes: Premier League x 4, Champions League x 1, FA Cup x 5, League Cup x 3, Europa League x 1

He is the club’s most successful ever captain

Won the PFA Player of the Year in 2004/05

Frank Lampard said: ‘What a pleasure to play with the greatest defender in the Premier League history. In fact, I’d put him up with any defender in world football of any era.’

Jamie Carragher said: ‘But for me, he’s the best centre-back in the Premier League era. An absolute legend and he’ll certainly go down as Chelsea’s greatest player. He’s one of the greats of the Premier League era and number one for me.’

‘For him to even notice that… in football you’re so focused on yourself and your own game, to have an eye on everyone else in the club is remarkable.

‘You can’t quantify that. He was a younger man then, as well, and to have that empathy – that’s one of a million things the club will miss.

‘They’ll have to spend a lot of money to replace him.’

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