By Matt Farr
Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton has begun negotiations with the club over an extended deal – and fans on Twitter are furious.
The 32-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, but it has been revealed that his appearance against Bristol City on Tuesday triggered an extension clause in his contract.
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has admitted that he is delighted that Hutton could be set to secure his long-term future with the club, but fans on Twitter were less impressed.
The Villa Park supporters came out in full force on Friday to share their views on the reported new deal for Hutton, criticising the decision on social media.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
#avfc no point moaning about Hutton you can't blame him triggering the clause in his contract blame those that put it there.
— Dave Reeves⚽ (@davfc79) March 3, 2017
As badly as we've played this season…. it's the thought of another year of Alan Hutton that's most likely to stop me renewing my ST #avfc
— James Quigley (@JamesQ1986) March 3, 2017
7 years of Alan Hutton. Just let that sink in… #avfc
— Elliott Thomas (@EThomas8) March 3, 2017
— Anthony Bishop (@ATB_Brummy) March 3, 2017
Alan 'cafu' Hutton all of a sudden #avfc
— Ricky S G (@ricky_garcha) March 3, 2017
So next season we get another year in the second division watching Bruce's football with Hutton at right back. How wonderful
— Harry Johnson (@avfc_johnson) March 3, 2017
Oh god no, please let Hutton leave ???? #avfc
— Matt (@Mtthwcwn) March 3, 2017
— AdaM (@adamov_) March 3, 2017
No denying Hutton's commitment, but if we are to push on and move forward then we really need a bit more quality at right back #avfc
— Jimmy Willis (@wilch4) March 3, 2017
The ongoing contract negotiations suggest that Hutton still has a future in the first-team at Aston Villa, despite the arrival of 19-year-old James Bree from Barnsley in January.
The youngster is viewed as the future for Aston Villa in Hutton’s position, which raised doubts that he would be offered a new deal with the club.
However, Bruce has made it clear that Hutton is still a key part of his plans, and is expected to feature alongside Bree in the first-team squad next season and beyond.
Hutton arrived at the club from Tottenham in 2011, where he has made a total of 101 appearances in all competitions.
In other Aston Villa news, chief executive Keith Wyness has revealed that this £15million was destined for another club.