Aston Villa captain John Terry will delay a decision on his future in the West Midlands until the end of the season, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Terry, 37, will be out of contract in the summer unless he activates a one-year extension to his current deal.
It is understood that the former England international already has options to quit Villa Park when the season ends, with clubs across the globe queuing up to sign the centre-back.
Clubs from the USA, China and Middle East are also said to be interested in Terry, who has been a mainstay of Steve Bruce’s side in the Championship since signing from Chelsea in July last year.
Terry has made 22 appearances in all competitions for Aston Villa this season, scoring one goal in the process.
He has a key part of the backline that helped the Villains win the Second City derby against Birmingham on Sunday, which put the club into second place in the Championship standings.
Football Insider verdict
There were many doubts about Terry when he signed for Aston Villa, mainly being about the defender’s lack of pace. However he has shown that he has been an invaluable part of the squad and if he did not join in the summer, the Villains may not be anywhere near pushing for automatic promotion. Since coming back from injury, Villa have won all five of their Championship fixtures with the ex-Chelsea star in their side. If they were to go up this season it would make sense to offer him a new deal, but the Premier League may prove too much of a challenge for the ageing stopper. Villa’s problem is that they will not receive a fee if he does leave in the summer without activating the clause in his contract.
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