5 Long-Serving Players Who Are Destined to Leave Their Club This Summer

The golden era of English football is over, the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have already hung up their boots, while John Terry, Wayne Rooney and others are flirting with the ideas of leaving their clubs this summer. Here are six players who look set to leave their clubs this summer after years of service. *appearances mentioned below are as of time of writing. English football aside, a notable mention goes to Italian footballing legend Francesco Totti, who will officially retire...

Joe Hart: 348 appearances for Manchester City over 10 years

Joe Hart's Manchester City career is pretty much already over. The 29-year-old is on a season-long loan at Torino and when asked if he saw himself in a City shirt again he replied "No, I'm surplus to requirements there".

His impending summer departure will end a 10-year spell at City, having moved from Shrewsbury Town for £1.5m in 2006.

The England goalkeeper made 348 appearances for City before being cast out to dry by current manager Pep Guardiola, who opted to sign the eccentric Claudio Bravo as his replacement.

Where Hart will move to remains to be seen, but Liverpool and West Ham are just two of a number of clubs reportedly interested in the shot-stopper.

Wayne Rooney: 550 appearances for Manchester United over 13 years

Wayne Rooney's Premier League prowess has been on the decline for a couple of seasons now. His lack of goals up-top saw him dropped into midfield and his poor performances in the centre of the park eventually led to a spot on the bench.

The 31-year-old has been linked with a move to China in recent weeks and after falling down the United pecking order, it's not totally unrealistic to suggest a move might happen this summer.

To his credit, Rooney became United's highest all-time goalscorer earlier this year, beating Sir Bobby Charlton's record after scoring his 250th goal for the club against Stoke City.

John Terry: 719 appearances for Chelsea over 19 years

Chelsea legend John Terry has done just about it all at Stamford Bridge during his illustrious 19-year career. In his 719 appearances for the Blues Terry lifted four Premier League trophies, five FA Cups, three League Cups, one Europa League crown as well as the prestigious Champions League.

The 36-year-old has struggled to have a consistent run of games this season, making just four Premier League appearances with Conte preferring the likes of David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma at centre-half.

Recent reports have claimed that Chelsea will not renew their captain's contract, opening a door for a potential summer switch to either America or China.

Lucas Leiva: 334 appearances for Liverpool over 10 years

Brazilian ace Lucas Leiva has been a loyal servant at Liverpool, staying put at Anfield ever since his £5m move from Grêmio in 2007.

The hard-tackling midfielder has made 334 appearances for the Reds, cementing his place in midfield under the stewardship of four different managers.

In January the 30-year-old admitted that his time at Anfield could well be coming to an end, despite being in love with the city.

“I have always been very honest in terms of the trust with him." The Telegraph quote him as saying in regards to manager Jurgen Klopp. "I had a few options to go. I have to think about my long term. I know I don’t have many years left here [at Liverpool]. I have to start to think about it. Liverpool is a place I love. But this is more about thinking about my future as well. Game time; things like I this. I have to deal with it.” 

Francesco Totti: 778 appearances for AS Roma over 25 years

English football aside, a notable mention goes to Italian footballing legend Francesco Totti, who will officially retire at the end of the season after a staggering 25 seasons at AS Roma.

The 40-year-old playmaker has made 778 appearances for his boyhood club, scoring an impressive tally of 307 goals.

Totti signed a one-year deal at the club last summer and while there has been talk of another extension, it's expected that he will finally hang up his boots after the conclusion of Roma's title-challenge this season.

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