After joining the club as a 14-year-old from fierce rivals West Ham, Terry has gone on to play 459 times for the Stamford Bridge side and established himself as Mr Chelsea in the process.
And with the new season just two weeks away, the 34-year-old has pledged to Blues fans that they will never see him wear the shirt of another Premier League team.
"If I felt Chelsea were going to release me or thought I had nothing else to give, but I thought I could, then of course I would still want to continue to play," Terry told Sky Sports.
"But that would not be in the Premier League."
Will it be a case of deja vu for Chelsea fans?
Haven't we seen this all before?
It is all very reminiscent of Terry's best friend Frank Lampard, a fellow Chelsea legend, who also famously said he would never play for another Premier League club after 12 glory-filled years in West London.
“There were a couple of opportunities to stay here (in the Premier League) but I can’t imagine playing for anyone else after being 12 years at Chelsea," Lampard told Talksport back in 2013.
"I’ve got a lot of respect for a lot of other Premier League clubs, particularly the top ones, but I'm not sure I could have done that."
Those immortal words would come back to haunt him when he joined Chelsea's main title rivals Manchester City last season after initially leaving to join their American sister club New York in the MLS.
The move took Jose Mourinho by surprise as it did the club's fans, many of whom lost a great deal of respect for the former England midfielder that day.
Initially described as a short term loan, Lampard ended up playing the full season and even scored against his old club.
But whatever Lampard does for the rest of his career that decision will have cost him his reputation with some Chelsea fans.
Terry should learn from Lampard mistake
And Terry should learn from his good mate's actions and stay true to his words if he wants to truly be remembered as a Blue legend into his retirement.
One thing is for sure, should Chelsea release Terry there would be no shortage of offers and it would be interesting to see what offers crop up if and when that day arrives.
Terry has Chelsea in his blood, though, of that there is little doubt. After all he left his boyhood club West Ham - the team his family an father supports - to join the West Londoners as a 14-year-old.
Whatever lured him there has kept him there ever since and he has gone on to be the club's most successful ever captain.
Surely he too would not risk blemishing that special relationship like Lampard?