Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce says they would like John Terry to stay at the club next season, but it will be the player’s decision.
Former England captain John Terry arrived at Villa Park from Chelsea last summer and was named captain by Bruce.
Terry’s future is yet to be discussed, after national newspapers reported on Wednesday that the 37-year-old might retire as a player at the end of the campaign, but Bruce hopes the defender will decide to continue.
“First and foremost, the big decision is all in John’s hands and we have to respect that,” Bruce said ahead of Saturday’s clash with Hull, live on Sky Sports Football. “All of us want him to stay but it’s John’s decision. Once he makes the decision, we will abide by it. It would be wonderful if he takes us back into the Premier League and then played a part in trying to keep us there.
“Whether we are in the Premier League or the Championship, it is John’s call to say what he wants to do playing-wise. I have said to him, if we get into the Premier League we would want him to stay, because his experience would be invaluable. But we have to respect John and what John wishes. The ball will be in his court.”