Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce admits that he had no chance of stopping Jonathan Kodjia from jetting off on international duty with the Ivory Coast.
The former Hull City boss had hoped that his main striker would seek an extended rest at Bodymoor Heath after a run of four games in a fortnight following his five-month injury layoff.
Scotland international Robert Snodgrass reckons that Aston Villa have to be ‘together as one’ in order to clinch promotion to the top-flight.
The 29-year-old joined the Villains on a season-long loan from West Ham United earlier last month, and he has immediately set about making an impression with the West Midlands outfit.
Aston Villa’s first season in the Championship for 30 years did not go to plan for the Midlands outfit, finishing in the bottom half of the table. Under the ownership of Tony Xia, the Villans invested heavily in the transfer market, turning over the squad that was relegated from the Premier League with a pitiful haul of 17 points in the previous campaign.
Despite an outlay of over £80m, the club were unable to even threaten an immediate return to the top flight. Roberto Di Matteo lasted only two months as manager before he was replaced by former Birmingham boss Steve Bruce following their club’s dreadful start.
YeniMalatayaspor sporting director Ali Ravci has confirmed that the club are close to sealing an agreement for Aston Villa outcast Aly Cissokho.
The Frenchman has fallen out of favour at Villa Park over the past year, and he looks set to pursue a move to Turkey.
On May 21 of 2017, John Terry played his final match for Chelsea in a match that saw the team of Antonio Conte claiming a 5-1 triumph.
It was a positive way for the English defender to end his spell with Chelsea which had extended for over 20 years.
When his retirement was confirmed and announced to the public, the question that emerges was in relation to the future of the veteran defender.
Aston Villa are said to be leading the race to sign former England international John Terry.
The 36-year-old is available on a Bosman this summer following his decision to decline a fresh contract at Chelsea. Terry was aware that his opportunities would be restricted until Antonio Conte, and he eventually decided to end his 22-year association in west London in order to pursue a fresh challenge elsewhere.
Steve Bruce has always been an admirer of Joe Ledley and the reports suggest that he is looking to bring him at Aston Villa.
Bruce had tried to buy Ledley in the past as well, but, unsuccessfully.
Ledley had attracted the interest of Bruce 8 years back when the former was a part of Cardiff City and the latter was in charge of Wigan Athletic.
Aston Villa is a club that used to compete in the Premier League for various seasons including: 2013-14 until their campaign of 2015-16 which is when they were relegated after finishing at the bottom of that season at the 20th spot with only 17 points collected.
Steve Bruce wants to get Aston Villa back into the Premier League but in order for this to happen, they might have to sign a number of new playersand with the summer transfer window less than 1 month away from opening, this is Steve Bruce´s chance to start acquiring new talent to his squad and get promoted back to the English Premier League.
Brazilian Hulk has spoken of his wish to play in England, claiming he is a big fan of the football there.
The Shanghai SIPG striker has three years left on his contract but he hopes to play in the English football league sometime.
Aston Villahave been one of the best teams in the Championship over the last few weeks.
After having struggled for form early on in the campaign, manager Steve Bruce has been able to get the players functioning as expected. The club has been able to make significant inroads into the top half of the table. Even though they are now closer towards the championship top 10 than ever before, it may not result in promotion back to the Premier league. The club are several points behind Sheffield Wednesday, who occupy the final play-off spot. As a result, manager Steve Bruce is targeting promotion for the club next season.