John Terry: Hard work starts now for Aston Villa
Assistant boss John Terry warned the hard work starts now after committing to Villa’s Premier League return.
The 38-year-old ended any uncertainty over his short-term future by signing a contract extension through to 2021.
Five-time Premier League winner Terry, who began his coaching career by becoming part of Dean Smith’s backroom team last October, had been mooted as a possible candidate to take over at Derby, should Frank Lampard leave for Chelsea.
But he will instead remain at Villa, as they prepare for a top-flight return following last month’s promotion.
Terry said: “I’m delighted to have extended my contract. I’m very thankful to the club and to the gaffer, Dean Smith, for giving me the opportunity to work with him and learn from him day-in, day-out. However, the hard work starts again now. We’re back in the Premier League where we belong.
“Now tougher challenges are ahead, as we focus on making our mark on the most competitive league in the world.”
Terry’s deal brings him into line with Smith, who signed a two-and-a-half-year contract after replacing Steve Bruce at the helm.
His contract may not be the only one extended at Villa this summer, with the club also ready to offer goalkeeper Jed Steer a new deal.
Steer was a hero of Villa’s promotion after saving two penalties in the play-off semi-final shootout win at Albion.
The 26-year-old agreed an extension through to 2020 back in January, but Villa are now keen to tie him down in the longer term.