In subsequent dialogue with the Premier League, Aston Villa insisted that Bruce's comment was made in jest and denied any suggestion that a clause exempting Terry from facing Chelsea would be put into any extension that he might sign.
John Terry would not be permitted to have any clause in a new contract with Aston Villa which would formally allow him to miss games against Chelsea.
The Villans face Fulham in the Championship playoff final on Saturday, and according to The Telegraph, the former England worldwide will consider extending his stay with them if they defeat the Whites and book a return to the top flight.
Terry's contract with the club is sent to end this summer but has the opportunity to extend his stay by an extra 12 months if he chooses.
Below, we want you to remember (or, more likely guess) every team to have been promoted via the Championship playoff final since 1992/93. He hasn't exceeded expectations, I just knew what he would give.
"I genuinely hope he [Terry] triggers it".
"There was no association with the players [and the fans] any more, it had broken", Bruce says.
"He is calm. People like [Jack] Grealish have looked up to him and thought: 'Is that the way I've got to be to be a top player?'" Let's be fair, he has been one of the great defenders of our country.
"I always looked at how Alan Shearer and Didier Drogba played - it was nearly magic that way they used their body to score goals". That is why I went down the route of bringing in the likes of [Glenn] Whelan and [Ahmed] Elmohamady, John Terry of course, [Mile] Jedinak.
"So I am going to try to use my best weapons, and the game can be long so we are going to use the bench too to try and force the situation". We are going to follow our style and be confident we will cross the line.
"He is a really strong and fast player and we started working with him in different positions, and step-by-step he started to improve himself".
I have a contract and that's it.
"Usually in the past if you're preparing for a big game and you know the team on a Tuesday - if I wasn't in it then on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I'd have a face like a slapped a***".