Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce recently revealed that he wanted Alan Hutton to be handed a new contract at Villa Park.
Hutton, 33, has been with Villa since 2011 – making more than 150 appearances in all competitions for the now Championship club.
This term, the full-back has provided two assists in 31 appearances in all competitions, and impressed against Middlesbrough in the first leg of Villa’s Championship playoff semi-final.
Hutton will see his current deal expire at the end of next month, however, and it is understood that the club are stalling on offering fresh terms.
Bruce wants the defender to stay, and the Villa fans have previously been in favour of the Scot being handed a new contract.
However, it seems that the tone is changing, with many feeling that offering Hutton, who is valued at £1.4m by transfermarkt.co.uk, a new deal would not be the correct decision if the club manage to gain promotion to the Premier League.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Steve Bruce wants to offer Alan Hutton a new contract regardless of what league Aston Villa are in next season. [birmingham mail] #avfc
— villareport (@villareport) May 14, 2018
His commitment, performances and attitude this year has been great! Defo deserves a new contract!
— Joey (@JoeReed12) May 14, 2018
If we don't go up by all means a 12 month extension (with reduced wages) I'd be more than okay with but anyone who thinks Alan Hutton is a premier league standard player now should get a lobotomy https://t.co/UyrRsJ3PqP
— Dale (@Dale__93) May 14, 2018
That's sentimental and not a great idea they'll probably give him 2 years as well Even if he has been half decent this is the 2nd division
— wazzman (@MrWazzman) May 14, 2018
Let common sense prevail at last give Hutton his deal , no one gives more for the cause
— Steve Allen (@SteveAl57304183) May 14, 2018
Would be perfectly happy with Alan Hutton staying on if we don't go up this year, but feel he is the type of player that we need to be upgrading if we do get promoted… https://t.co/mHVQowZAXG
— Ian DW (@sportdw) May 14, 2018
— James Speirs (@JamesSpeirs15) May 14, 2018