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Various reports are emerging that if Aston Villa manage to get promoted back to the Premier League, they believe they could persuade John Terry to sign a new contract keeping him at Villa Park for another year. The reports also suggest that if need be, the contract would allow him to miss both fixtures against Chelsea, where he enjoyed 22 years and 717 appearances. Villa believe this will be a big factor for the 37-year-old Chelsea legend. Villa are one match away from a return to the top flight, where they face Fulham in the Playoff final on Saturday. As part of his current deal, promotion to the Premier League will also earn Terry a staggering two million pound bonus.

What the manager had to say

This is what Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce had to say regarding John Terry staying at Villa for next season if they defeat Fulham, “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.”

Steve also had this to say concerning Terry, “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 any more, 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.”

Other Options?

John Terry could very comfortably hang up his boots after the Fulham match and go down as one of if not the most successful and greatest English defender ever. He is very much financially secure, and money will not be the factor for the well-respected defender to continue his playing career. However, what we don’t know is if the 37-year-old Chelsea great is ready to end his footballing career? Or does he feel as if he can keep going?

If John does retire, the chances are he’ll take a break from the crazy footballing world, and enjoy some quality time with his family etc. However, it is very likely he’d want to get into the management side of the game pretty quickly, whether this means managing a part of the Chelsea academy, or managing a lower standard team. Either way, Chelsea fans will be following their Captain eagerly, waiting for the day he can take the managerial spot at Chelsea.  

So should Terry explore other opportunities? Or should he stay at a club where he is clearly very much loved?