By Dominic Toner
Adam Traore has told Aston Villa that he wants to quit the club – and the supporters have expressed their desire on Twitter to see him leave.
Owner Tony Xia confirmed on Twitter reports that the former Barcelona midfielder wants to leave Villa Park and has told Roberto Di Matteo that he does not want to be a part of the club’s Championship season.
The Sun report that Traore has cost a staggering £2.34million per hour of football since arriving at Villa a year ago, when he was handed a staggering £60,000-a-week contract rising to £100,000-a-week if the club had stayed in the Premier League.
Fans of the Midlands club have agreed that £7million signing Traore should end his Villa career with one supporter saying “Villa doesn’t need expensive passengers”.
Here are a selection of the messages on Twitter:
IMO Traore has done nothing since opening game last season. Let him go, it’s not like we’re gonna miss him. #UTV
— Bedford Villain (@Bedford_Villan) August 18, 2016
Sell Traore on and spent the wages on players that want to play for villa
— Jonathan Brady (@Jonatha21018524) August 17, 2016
#AVFC He’s a bit like the Romans – what has Adama Traore ever done for Aston Villa?
No loss whatsoever – £60k a week gain – move on.
— avfc⚽️bruce (@thegolfvillan) August 18, 2016
Adama Traore the lad who spent more time on a treatment table than playing won’t be missed by me, no good having talent without application.
— Andy Townsend (@AndyTownsend_AV) August 18, 2016
— The Religion – AVFC (@AVFC_Religion) August 18, 2016
I’ve gathered my thoughts on Traore wanting to leave Aston Villa….. Bye. Get in or get out!
— Play for the shirt!! (@Da_Cubbies) August 18, 2016
Villa doesn’t need expensive passengers; if Traore’s unwilling to commit to the club and can’t stay fit, ship him out with Lescott etc #AVFC
— The Hard-Knock Mike (@MichaelByron97) August 17, 2016
The reason behind Traore’s toys chucked out of the pram must have something to do with Tuesday squad exclusion.Heard he turned up late VTID
— Mark Shaw (@shaw532) August 18, 2016
Let him go – we need players that realise how lucky they are! “Adama Traore has told Aston Villa that he wants to leave the club” #avfc
— James (@jimmydoris1986) August 17, 2016
Adama Traore apparently asked to leave us if he did bye then. would rather have someone who wants to play for villa rather than money
— Damien (@D_avfc_E) August 17, 2016
The Birmingham Mail reported on Wednesday night that the winger held talks with manager Roberto Di Matteo earlier this week and informed him of his desire to leave this month.
It is said Di Matteo spoke to the player after the 3-0 win over Rotherham last weekend and subsequently left Traore out of the matchday squad for the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield on Tuesday night.
Di Matteo was hoping to get the best out of the 20-year-old this season and even tried to convince him to stick around and play a part in the club’s promotion push.
Since moving from the Catalan giants a year ago, Traore has made 12 league appearances but is yet to start a single league game or complete a full game.
The seldom-seen winger has only managed one start for the club, a 5-3 League Cup win against Notts County.
Di Matteo does have several options in his Villa squad who have been preferred to Traore, with pairing Jack Grealish and Jordan Ayew the frontrunners for the wide positions.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, they have been dealt a blow as a Serie A club have opened talks for Di Matteo’s £14.5million target.