Sky Bet Championship club Aston Villa’s hopes of discussing potential new contracts with any of their players must be placed on hold until the end of the season according to the Birmingham Mail.

The former English Premier League club have a chance of securing a return to the top flight this season and gaining promotion may be more important to Villa than ever before.

It has been well-documented that the club is currently crippled by Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. This problem has restricted the amount of transfer activity which the club has been able to undertake in the January transfer window.

It has now been reported that the financial restrictions at Villa Park could also affect the club’s hopes of retaining some of their out of contract stars with Villa said to not be in a position to discuss a new deal with any player.

Villa’s current financial woes have already left defender Alan Hutton in limbo over his long term future at Villa Park. The 33-year-old Glasgow born full-back has been in good form for the club but no guarantees have been made over his future with his contract set to expire in the summer.

As well as Hutton, the likes of John Terry, Chris Samba and Gabby Agbonlahor are also out of contract this summer and there is no guarantee that any of those players will be retained by Villa with only promotion to the English Premier League being a real solution to the problem.

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