Aston Villa’s season ended on Saturday with their heart-breaking 1-0 loss at Wembley. It was a game which saw opponents Fulham promoted to the Premier League whilst Villa are resigned to a third season in the Sky Bet Championship.
According to the Daily Mail’s Laurie Whitwell (below) it is also a parting of ways between Villa and star player John Terry.
— Laurie Whitwell (@lauriewhitwell) May 28, 2018
According to Whitwell, in a linked Mail online article, Terry is said to have uttered his goodbyes to his Villa teammates after Saturday’s loss. He is also said to have thanked and hugged Villa boss Steve Bruce, further signalling his moving on from the Midlands-based club.
The hug given to Bruce was described as “heartfelt” and one that “lasted a good 20 seconds” in what the Mail Online article terms “very much like a long goodbye.”
Sources for the Mail Online have “disclosed” that this is the sentiment that Villa have taken from the touching embrace. Terry is then said to have told Villa’s players to “keep in touch,” a sentiment that almost severs a tie between player and club.
Terry joined Villa ahead of the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship campaign after bringing down the curtain on a glittering career at Chelsea. He featured in 32 of Villa’s 46 games across the 2017/18 Championship campaign – scoring once and providing one assist.
He is reported to be on wages of around £60,000-per-week, a figure unsustainable for a Villa side who will be skirting with the parameters of FFP regulations and a possible transfer embargo.
Other players, such as Jack Grealish, will need to be released to balance the books ahead of a difficult summer when it comes to transfers and transfer dealings. John terry leaving the club will at least present one less headache for Mssrs Bruce and co at Villa Park.