Aston Villa are willing to allow John Terry to opt out of playing any games against Chelsea should they win promotion to the Premier League.
Villa face Fulham in Saturday’s Championship play-off final with a place in the top flight at stake.
The 37-year-old Terry has been a big part of the Villain’s promotion push, having joined the club on a lucrative one-year contract from Chelsea.
Terry has the option of extending that deal should Villa win promotion and the club are willing to allow the defender to skip games against Chelsea to convince him to sign up for another season in the Premier League.
Manager Steve Bruce said: "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 (persuading him to join), he hasn’t been disappointed with it. You can’t be disappointed when you walk through here.
Terry is believed to have turned down several Premier League clubs upon leaving Chelsea and opted for a Championship club in Villa so he would not have to come up against his former side.
Whether or not Terry does stay, Bruce believes his impact at the club has been crucial in serving as an example for younger players.
"He has been vital," said Bruce. "For me (Jack) Grealish has looked to him and thought, 'God, if I've got to be like that to be a top player...' and that's what we brought him in for. Not just to win a game on a Saturday, but his overall... and he has never let us down.
"I just knew what he would give. Let's be fair, he has been one of the great defenders of our country. He is a great leader of men, which we don't produce many of any more. In a quiet way, he is not a ranter and a raver, he is not one who puts heads through doors. He is calm."