John Terry has chosen to stay at Aston Villa ahead of next season and the club’s official website has confirmed the talismanic assistant manager has penned a new deal at the club.
The news will come as relief to the Villans fans after reports linking him with a sensational move to former club Chelsea started doing the rounds in the mainstream media.
Terry was appointed as assistant manager of Villa in October and was brought to the club alongside Dean Smith.
At the time, the Birmingham-based club was looking unlikely to win promotion to the Premier League.
The Chelsea legend and Villa boss Smith helped to orchestrate a massive turnaround, which saw the Midlands club qualify for, and win, the Championship promotion playoffs.
Villa will now be playing in the Premier League next season for the first time in three campaigns.
Terry’s work has not gone unnoticed and he has been linked with a move to Chelsea as well as to Derby County, who may soon have to find a replacement for Frank Lampard.
Lampard is currently the favourite to be appointed as Chelsea manager after Maurizio Sarri departed from the club.
Terry has seemingly opted to gradually advance his coaching career at Villa rather than immediately throw himself into the deep end.
Choosing to stick around for at least a season further with Villa and learn under Smith will allow him to expand his skillset and this could serve him well for when he will finally have the chance to move into a managerial capacity.
Villa fans will hope that a progressive summer transfer market can equip the newly promoted outfit sufficiently to be competitive in the Premier League next season.