Veteran defender Alan Hutton has refuted suggestions he has been released by Aston Villa, according to the Birmingham Mail.
The full-back is hoping to remain at Villa Park, but the perilous financial position the Villans find themselves in may make that impossible, although it appears no official decision on his future has been made public.
It has been suggested that the 33-year-old was included on the released list that the club sent to the EFL recently, but that accusation has been denied by the defender on his official Instagram page.
Hutton’s contract ran out at the end of last season, and while Steve Bruce was initially keen to extend the terms of the Scot, his hands are tied at the present time while the finances are sorted out at Villa Park.
The Villa boss confirmed in the lead up to the Championship play-off final that he would be sitting down and having talks with the former Tottenham Hotspur man, but defeat in that match, and the fallout that has been undertaken since then has meant those discussions never took place.
If Hutton has played his final match in the shirt of the Birmingham based outfit, then he leaves having made more than 150 appearances for them since he arrived in 2011.
That all means that the defender, who played 33 times for the Villans in all competitions last season, will become a free agent when his deal expires at the end of the month, which will alert the attention of a number of clubs.
One of those teams who are expected to put an offer the way of Hutton, according to reports is Nottingham Forest, a club he has been out on loan at in the past. Middlesbrough and Glasgow Rangers are also said to be keen on his services too.