EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Alan Hutton is heading for the Aston Villa exit door after the club decided not to offer him a contract extension, Football Insider sources understand
The 33-year-old’s current deal is due to expire at the end of the current campaign and a well-placed source has told Football Insider that the club have indicated to the player he will not be offered an extension.
Hutton triggered an extension to extend his contract until 2018 last March after playing in a certain number of games, but it seems his seven year stay at Villa Park will come to an end this summer.
Right-back Hutton joined Villa from Tottenham in 2011 and he has had an eventful time at the club.
The Scotland international was at one stage being frozen out of the first-team squad for more than two years and told he had no future at the club by then boss Paul Lambert due to financial constraints and he had spells out on loan Nottingham Forest, Real Mallorca and Bolton during his spell in the wilderness at Villa Park.
However, Hutton was recalled to the first team at the start of the 2014-15 and signed a new three-year deal soon after.
Hutton has been a regular starter under Steve Bruce since he took over at Villa Park in October 2016 with Hutton make 36 appearances for Villa last season.
The former Rangers star has made 21 appearances in all competitions so far this season for Villa and he has displayed his versatility in filling in at left-back on a number of occasions this term.
News of Hutton’s availability on a free transfer this summer is sure to alert a number of clubs with the defender boasting a wealth of experience having made over 350 first-team appearances and won 50 caps for Scotland.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club have hijacked a major rivals’ bid to sign a £15million-valued centre-forward.