Villa willing to let Terry skip Chelsea games

Villa willing to let Terry skip Chelsea games

Villa willing to let Terry skip Chelsea games

Bruce joked that would be the case when asked if it was certain Terry would stay at Villa if they earned promotion, saying: 'Well, we'll not pick him against Chelsea if that's what he wants.

A clause in Terry's contract sees that if Aston Villa are promoted back to the Premier League, he has the option to extend his £80,000 a week contract for another year, but it also means that he isn't required to face-off against his former side.

Villa face Fulham in Saturday's Championship play-off final with a place in the top flight at stake.

Villa's last Wembley appearance was 2015, when they lost 4-0 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final, but several players - among them keeper Sam Johnstone, Elmohamady and midfielder Robert Snodgrass - have previously tasted success in play-off finals. "From the training ground, to the stadium, to the support, it has all the makings of a big club", Bruce said via The Telegraph. All those phone calls to him (persuading him to join), he hasn't been disappointed with it.

"Over the course of two years now, the confidence that the manager has not only given myself but the entire team and the ability and the freedom to go and play no matter the situation has just brought the best out of us and I am no different".

'I just knew what he would give.

"He has been one of the great defenders of our country", he added.

Jokanovic hopes his young forwards will be able to exhaust Terry and defensive partner James Chester in a game in which Fulham expect to dominate possession. If we don't make them exhausted it's going to be easy, especially for their two centre-backs. "But at the same time I think that most of us feel that had we won then Cardiff would have probably have won as well". We are going to try to put against Terry some fast and some stronger players. All of us can make mistakes and I expect some mistakes from his side.

"Expectation is huge here but that's why I went for experience", Bruce told BBC WM.

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