Chelsea legend and current Aston Villa captain John Terry has this afternoon confirmed his plans moving forward, with the Villans having clinched a Championship playoff spot ahead of a possible return to the Premier League.
Terry, now 37, made the move to Villa Park last summer, following a trophy-laden 19-year spell with Chelsea.
And the English veteran has since gone on to play an absolutely crucial role in the impressive season enjoyed by Steve Bruce’s men, having appeared in 32 of the club’s 46 Championship fixtures en route to a 4th-placed finish and subsequent playoff berth for a chance to return to the Premier League.
‘If we go up…’
For Terry, however, the possibility of a Premier League return was thought to pose a real issue, after he revealed last summer that he had turned down offers from top-flight clubs to move to Aston Villa due to not wanting to have to line out against Chelsea.
But, speaking in an interview with Villa’s official website earlier today, Terry revealed that, if the club does clinch a return to the Premier League, that he does in fact intend to honour his contract:
‘I hope this isn’t the end. If we go up, I’m staying. And hopefully I can play for a few more years in the Premier League.’
‘It’s only fair that if we go up, which is the belief within the group, that I stick around. It’s in my contract when I hit a certain number of matches.’
‘I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it here and love the way I’ve been accepted. I had to perform to get the approval of the fans and the group, and it was a big call by the manager, too, to sign someone at 36 years of age and coming to the end of their career.’
‘The job isn’t done yet. We’ve got a few more games to go. But hopefully I am here next season.’