Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland is likely to be told by his manager Paul Lambert in the next few days that he is free to leave the club. The former Manchester city midfielder has been a huge hit at Villa, but he has also been extremely consistent during his time at the club. The 26-year-old still has 12 months left on his contract, but it seems that Villa are not interested in negotiating his contract. The club has been suffering from severe financial crisis over the last few years.
As a result, they have been extremely prudent in the transfer market. The arrival of manager Paul Lambert has also seen the club take a radical approach in the transfer market by signing extremely young players and bringing down the age of the squad. After managing to survive in the Premier league by the skin of their teeth last season, Villa have made a couple of additions to their squad over the last few weeks. This is expected to see a couple of players leave the club over the next few weeks in order to balance the books with Ireland being one of them.
It was not long ago that the 26-year-old won the fans Player of the Year.
“We have players who have experience of the Premier League and hopefully I can also bring something from my experience in the Champions League. The manager is determined to develop us and to help us become better players, proving to people that we can become a top team. We can get some exciting things going here,” said the club’s latest signing Jores Okore. Groningen midfielder Leandro Bacuna has also been added to the books at the start of the transfer window.
Lambert is expected to make even more signings over the course of the next few months. It