The 31-year-old fell out of favour with Dean Smith following the club’s promotion to the Premier League and made just two appearances before agreeing a loan move to the Championship side in the January transfer window. Having impressed upon his arrival at the bet365 stadium, Chester instantly became a starter, featuring in all but one of Stoke’s league games before the postponement in fixtures in March.
With Villa boss Smith seemingly happy with his defensive options, Chester is unlikely to see his contract renewed, meaning that he would be available on a free transfer this summer. Stoke boss Michael O’Neill has suggested that the Potters could make a permanent move for the centre-back, although that will depend on Villa’s decision whether or not to offer new terms.
Writing in his latest column for The Athletic, Chester has now provided an update on his current situation.
“My current contract at Aston Villa expires this summer and it is something I have thought of slightly but as we’re waiting on so many decisions, I haven’t really asked too many questions. I don’t think people at clubs will have any kind of answer for me.
“I’ll put my mind to it when I have all the information in front of me. Maybe in the next few weeks.”
You would have to feel that this is the ideal summer for Chester to leave Villa and look to find first team football elsewhere.
Stoke could provide that option for the defender but, with the Potters enduring a poor season, the former Hull City man should perhaps look for a more promising destination if he is to sever his ties with Aston Villa permanently.
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