Aston Villa ace John Terry is believed to be considering to extend his contract a further year should his side achieve promotion to the Premier League, but could demand that his deal sees him excused from matches against his former side, Chelsea.
According to the Telegraph,
Villa fans may well raise their eyebrows at the suggestion of their star centre back potentially missing two massive matches next season, especially given the difficulty the club may face to survive relegation should they achieve promotion back to the Premier League. Terry spent 19 seasons with Chelsea, winning five league titles, five FA Cups and a Champions League.
Needless to say Twitter had a field day:
I am astonished at this story. For someone who I thought was a professional, it's beyond pathetic. It's something I'd only half understand if a child said it.https://t.co/30O6C31IuD— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) May 24, 2018
On the back of John Terry looking to negotiate a contract clause to not be available to play against Chelsea should Villa get promoted, I'm now looking to negotiate my own contract where I only work half days and get a free supply of pints.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 24, 2018
Reports that John Terry's new contract also allows him to join in Chelsea cup celebrations in full kit.— Andrew Headspeath (@Andy_Headspeath) May 24, 2018
He needs to decide who employs him , and grow up— Duncan Baldwin (@DuncanBaldwin) May 23, 2018
It is almost like he is on loan from Chelsea...— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) May 24, 2018
Hoping Villa v Chelsea next season would be played on the 26th of the month to commemorate John Terry. Fly-past in the 26th minute of each half. All players wear captains' armbands.— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) May 24, 2018
Just remembered that John Terry once arranged all his captain’s armbands into the number 26. pic.twitter.com/YdRifWpfnS— Andy Ha (@_AndyHa) May 24, 2018
Steve Bruce's Villains will face the tricky task of getting past Fulham in Saturday's playoff final at Wembley Stadium, with opposition players such as Ryan Sessegnon and Aleksandar Mitrović in scintillating form. The West Midlands side haven't been in the Premier League for two seasons, and will be desperate to reestablish themselves as an English top tier side.
In other news, a report has claimed that Terry could snub the opportunity to stay at Villa, even if the club achieve promotion. It has been suggested that a big money move to either the Chinese Super League or the MLS could tempt the veteran defender away from English football, with a number of clubs reportedly prepared to shell out a staggering £300k per week wage.