John Terry’s future at Aston Villa has long been a topic of speculation in the press and well covered on this site.
With varying theories, talk of a 12-month extension already being in place and even the possibility of a player/coach role being open for discussion, the Birmingham Mail are one of many to now suggest that Terry could in fact make his 12-month extension conditional on a ‘no play clause’.
The ‘no play clause’ specifically relates to his stated desire to not face Chelsea given his association with them.
Whilst this tidbit of news might be new to the media, it’s certainly old hat amongst fans as the possibility of Terry ‘going missing’ for two games a season has already been debated, and fans were largely perfectly happy for him to rest up when we faced Chelsea.
Steve Bruce himself joked about the possibility in such a way he was open to it and wouldn’t be fazed.
Easy one this isn't it? Keep him! He doesn't want to play v Chelsea? Fine, rest him. At his age, a rest will do him good, he can always donate those two weeks wages to charity. Sorted. NEXT!? #AVFC https://t.co/C8lEhAta4O
— Vital Villa (@VitalVilla) February 13, 2018
Football contracts are funny things, but I’d very much doubt Terry would feel the need to have a clause included, that would be a ‘gentleman’s between him, Bruce and Keith Wyness.
I don’t believe, even if that was added to his new deal, that fans would bat an eyelid – few did when the topic came up in February but you can guarantee the social media warriors will be out in force with their faux indignation and the red tops will lap that up.