By Amir Mir
Gabby Agbonlahor has hinted his future could now be at Aston Villa after posting an Instagram message declaring “not going anywhere”.
The club’s longest serving player suggested last week that he was set to end his lengthy association with his boyhood club and the Birmingham Mail reported that manager Roberto Di Matteo told him to find a new club.
In an apparent U-turn, the three-times-capped England striker has now suggested in an Instagram message on Friday that he is staying at Villa.
“6am bike rides with my new toy!” Agbonlahor posted on his personal Instagram account. “Ready whenever called upon. #UTV #VTID #oneclub #notgoinganywhere.”
This comes six days after the 29-year-old posted an image of the Villa badge above a message wishing his team-mates the best of luck for last Sunday’s clash game against Sheffield Wednesday and for the coming season.
A photo posted by Gabriel Agbonlahor (@ga11official) on
The Villa academy graduate gave up the club captaincy last year following a series of disciplinary issues and was placed on a strict fitness regime for being unfit and overweight.
This led to huge criticism from supporters of the 29-year-old, who was once a fan favourite.
Agbonlahor has made 333 appearances for his boyhood club, scoring 84 goals since making his debut in 2004, but the 2015-16 season saw Agbonlahor score one goal and make 18 appearances for the Midlands side as they were relegated into the Championship.
Aside from Agbonlahor Villa have three senior strikers at the club with Jordan Ayew, Rudy Gestede and Ross McCormack, the latter signing from Fulham for a fee of £12 million.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club are intrested in this international midfielder, with manager Roberto Di Matteo