The Mirror have an article today saying that John Terry is planning to play for one more season even if it means he lines up against his beloved Chelsea.
There are no quotes in the article, but apparently he has told Steve Bruce of his plans.
Playing against Chelsea would need us promoted obviously! Or is he willing to move on to another club in the Premiership now? If we don`t go up, with the harsh reality of a tiny final parachute payment coming to Villa and the problems we`ll therefore encounter with the Financial Fair Play regulations, it`s unlikely we`ll be able to keep any of our loan signings. I guess the only way to do that, would be to sell a prize asset or two. Would Jack Grealish want to move to a Premiership club or spend another season in the Championship where he gets kicked to hell game in, game out for instance?
The report suggests JT is happy at Villa and would stay with us if asked. It is believed there is a one year option in his contract.
There was also press talk that JT might return to Chelsea in a coaching role. Steve Bruce also made it clear if JT wanted to start being involved in coaching, then Villa would accommodate him.
The Mirror points out that he will be a free agent again so a ‘suitable package’ would have to be offered.
It isn’t all down to money for JT at this stage of his career though, it was widely reported in the summer when he chose to come to Villa that he could have made more money elsewhere but liked the challenge of helping Villa gain promotion. They add If Bruce offers Terry a swansong and Villa remain in the Championship, the ex-Stamford Bridge legend would have to take a pay cut. They also state he bleeding obvious, if we go up, he – along with the other players (and manager) – would be due a promotion bonus.
His experience in the play offs (if that is where we finish this season) could be huge for us. He`s a player with a wealth of experience in massive games and these games would be massive!
Would he stay if we don`t go up? Not just down to what he would want that, it`s the finances at Aston Villa. We`d be a totally different proposition next season in the Championship that is for sure.
Previously on Vital Villa:
Well, football isn`t rocket science – albeit some managers seem to want to make it far more complicated than it is – so I don`t think it will come as a major surprise to see the stats and reach the conclusion.
Aston Villa are better when John Terry in the side than when he isn`t playing!
Forum thread on JT: Click Here