Chelsea legend John Terry joined Aston Villa at the end of his career-long spell at Stamford Bridge where he led the Blues to the Premier League, FA Cup, Europa League, League Cup and Champions League in a glorious stint at Stamford Bridge.
After his 22-year stay at Stamford Bridge, Terry had initially turned down Premier League clubs because he never wanted to face his former side Chelsea but that could be the case if Villa go back into the Premier League. Terry has a 12-month extension written into his deal at Villa Park should they go up.
Aston Villa are desperate to keep Terry at the club if they achieve promotion to the Premier League – and the West Midlands outfit will take on Fulham on Saturday in the play-off final, with a spot in next season’s top flight up for grabs.
However, Villa are even willing to offer him a deal that would see him sit out games against former club Chelsea.
According to the Guardian, Aston Villa officials are convinced he will stay and are willing to negotiate a clause that would see him not play against Chelsea, if he is determined to stick by his word.
Villa boss Steve Bruce even accepted that would be the case when asked if Terry would miss Chelsea games.
He said: “Well, we’ll not pick him against Chelsea if that’s what he wants.
“I really genuinely hope he triggers it. All those phone calls to him, he hasn’t been disappointed with it. You can’t be disappointed when you walk through here.
“I just knew what he would give. Let’s be fair, he has been one of the great defenders of our country.
“He is a great leader of men, which we don’t produce many of anymore, and in a quiet way; he is not a ranter and a raver, he is not one who puts heads through doors. He is calm.
“People like [Jack] Grealish have looked up to him and thought: ‘Is that the way I’ve got to be to be a top player?’”