Alan Hutton will see his current Aston Villa deal expire this summer, and the Scot has been widely tipped to leave the club on a free transfer.
Hutton joined Villa from Tottenham Hotspur back in 2011, and has made more than 150 appearances for the club in all competitions.
This season, the 33-year-old, who is believed to be a transfer target for Leeds United, has been a regular – appearing in 28 Championship matches.
There is no question that the Scot has an impressive footballing pedigree, but it seems that he will leave Villa in search of pastures new at the end of the season.
The thought of that occurring, however, is not music to the ears of the Villa supporters.
Indeed, the club’s fanbase have taken to social media to demand that Hutton, who is valued at £1.4m by transfermarkt.co.uk, is handed a new contract ahead of a potential return to the Premier League.
Hutton was a substitute in Villa’s 1-1 draw with Derby County at the weekend, and that was actually his first Championship appearance since the end of March.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 29, 2018
He had a fantastic game yesterday. I hope we find some way of keeping him.
— Richard Parker (@tackbunny) April 29, 2018
Can't believe we could lose him…. Another brilliant season, always gives 100% for his club. ⚽👍🏆
— Dale Stewart (@beetleguise74) April 29, 2018
He's 100% every game..👌
— Wayne Peate (@villawayne197) April 29, 2018
Needs to sign a new one year deal !!
— paul lacey (@paullacey7) April 29, 2018
Gives 100% every game for me that says it all
— John Rooker (@ClassOf82_AVFC) April 30, 2018
Surely with Gabby leaving we can use his part of his wage to sign Hutton for another year? #SaveOurHutton
— «ⅅeano» ® 🤜🏽💥🤛🏽 (@Kilmartin32) April 29, 2018
sign him up did you hear the support from the crowd gives 100% #PartOfThePride
— Sue (@1cheekygirl) April 30, 2018
Hopefully we extend his contract. Fully deserves it..even if we get promoted and get a LB and RB, Hutton would be great for rotation and with his passion, he’ll push for being in first 11.
— AP (@AP_VILLAN) April 29, 2018