Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce seeks solace on pitch after torrid few months

John Terry may sign new Aston Villa contract – if he can skip Chelsea games, say reports

John Terry may sign new Aston Villa contract – if he can skip Chelsea games, say reports

It is extremely moving listening to Bruce and not surprising to hear him say that, in the context of what he has been through over the last few months, winning promotion with Villa would be the most satisfying achievement of his managerial career.

This Saturday they take on Fulham in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Terry turned down Premier League offers last summer as he didn't want to face Chelsea competitively, having made over 700 appearances for the side over an 18-year professional spell in West London. "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".

"Obviously I don't train against all the other [players] every day of the week, but just his attitude, his work rate, everything he puts into training, on the pitch and in the gym is just incredible", Ream said.

"I don't even like to lose when I'm playing video games with my brother, when I do lose I get really mad". That is why I went down the route of bringing in the likes of [Glenn] Whelan and [Ahmed] Elmohamady, John Terry of course, [Mile] Jedinak.

"There was no association with the players [and the fans] any more, it had broken", Bruce says.

Aston Villa officials are convinced he will stay and are willing to negotiate a clause that would see him not play against Chelsea, if he is determined to stick by his word, according to the Guardian. "My initial thought, and Steve agreed with me, was: 'Steve, we've got to stop the rot here and just keep the club in the Championship.' That's how low I thought it had got".

"So I am going to try to use my best weapons, and the game can be long so we are going to use the bench too to try and force the situation". We believe in our style.

"I always looked at how Alan Shearer and Didier Drogba played - it was nearly magic that way they used their body to score goals". He plays in a complicated position. This game is so huge I don't know what I am going to do on Sunday morning.

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