John Terry's Chelsea dilemma if Aston Villa win Championship playoff


John Terry is set for the biggest game of his Aston Villa career on Saturday as they face off against Fulham in the Championship play-off final.

According to the Guardian, there could be a freakish clause in Terry's new contract which would mean he doesn't have to play in Villa's Premier League games against Chelsea in the event of promotion.

Bruce joked that would be the case when asked if it was certain Terry would stay at Villa if they earned promotion, saying: 'Well, we'll not pick him against Chelsea if that's what he wants.

Terry is believed to have turned down several Premier League clubs upon leaving Chelsea and opted for a Championship club in Villa so he would not have to come up against his former side.

The Villans will be looking to emerge victorious as they attempt to make a return back to the Premier League and Steve Bruce's side will be heading into the fixture with a degree of confidence. Villa are willing to reach an agreement in his new contract where the 37-year-old would be allowed to miss both games against Chelsea.

Terry has an emotional connection to Chelsea.

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"I am sure it (the future of the club) will be totally different (if losing at Wembley)". The raw emotion of leaving the club after so long there. He reportedly had offers on the table from the MLS and the Chinese Super League.

What is less clear is how he feels about it now. The former England skipper proved he still had plenty in his legs by making 32 EFL Championship appearances and helping Villa to a fourth-place finish.

"He is a great leader of men, which we don't produce many of anymore", Bruce said of Terry on Thursday. He hasn't exceeded expectations.

"Obviously I don't train against all the other [players] every day of the week, but just his attitude, his work rate, everything he puts into training, on the pitch and in the gym is just incredible", Ream said.

Bruce, who is targeting his fifth promotion as a manager and his third through the play-offs, says the club will have to look after players like Hutton should they be successful on Saturday and get back into the Premier League.