Chelsea captain John Terry said he is ''devastated'' at the prospect of veteran midfielder Frank Lampard leaving the club.
The 34-year-old Lampard's contract expires at the end of the season, and there are no signs he will be offered a new deal.
''Devastated is an understatement,'' Terry wrote Friday on his Instagram social networking account. ''We should retire the number 8 shirt in honour of Lamps.''
Lampard has won every major trophy alongside Terry since joining Chelsea from West Ham in 2001.
Below a picture of them lifting the FA Cup in May, Terry added a series of tributes on Instagram to Lampard, including ''theheartbeat'' ''legend'' and ''goal machine.''
Lampard has scored three goals in his past four matches to make him Chelsea's third-highest scorer in history.
Terry later claimed he was only reacting to comments attributed online Thursday to Lampard's agent, w...