John Terry could be back in the Premier League by the time the Champions League final kicks off on Saturday evening. Terry and Aston Villa face Fulham in the Championship playoff final at 5 o'clock.
The 37-year-old signed a one-year deal with Villa last summer after departing Chelsea. He played 34 times in the league as Steve Bruce's side finished fourth, 16 points off champions Wolves.
Should Villa claim promotion on Saturday, Terry could remain at the club. He has a clause in his contract which entitles him to another year at Villa Park if he leads them back to the Premier League.
Though he may wear Villa colours in English football's top tier next season, Terry still has loyalty to his old club. The Guardian reports that there could be a clause inserted into Terry's contract meaning he would not have to face Chelsea in both Premier League games.
It's a possibility to which Villa manager Steve Bruce has alluded.
Well, we’ll not pick him against Chelsea if that’s what he wants. I really genuinely hope he triggers it. All those phone calls to him, he hasn’t been disappointed with it. You can’t be disappointed when you walk through here.
That's loyalty to his old club but conditional allegiance to his new one.