The Daily Mail reports that Aston Villa captain John Terry has informed his team mates to ‘stay in touch’ following their Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final defeat to Fulham on Saturday. The ex-England skipper therefore is primed to leave Villa Park after one season.
It is believed that Terry and manager Steve Bruce had a 20-second hug after the game, with Terry seemingly decided that he is to leave the club. With Aston Villa facing another season in the second-tier, they will struggle to pay Terry the £60,000-a-week wage he is currently receiving.
The 37-year-old is not set to retire from the game however. He is understood to be pondering over move either to Major League Soccer in the USA, or the Chinese Super League. In the States, they house more senior players, whilst in China, more younger starts have ventured over after receiving life-changing wages.
JT made 36 appearances as Villa made their way to Wembley, only to be defeated by Fulham, thanks to a first half strike from Tom Cairney. The Cottagers return to the top flight to face the likes of Terry’s former club and club rivals Chelsea. Ironically, Terry scored just once for Villa, that being in the 2-1 home victory over Fulham in October during the regular season.
Several other Villa Park stars are now sweating over their futures. The likes of Jack Grealish and Mile Jedinak are among those. Out of favour duo Ross McCormack and Micah Richards are still stuck on big salaries despite barely featuring over the campaign. Henri Lansbury is said to receive £35,000 weekly, which is a lot for a player that is certainly not among the first names on Bruce’s team sheet.