By Harvey Byrne

Phil Neville has rejected an approach from Aston Villa to join the club in a number two role, according to a report.

The Telegraph have claimed that the former England international has turned down the Midlands side, as he is focused on becoming a manager.

It is believed that the 39-year-old is admired by Villa’s chief executive Keith Wyness and technical director Steve Round, who both previously worked at Everton.

Neville spent eight years at the Toffees between 2005 and 2013 and was even interviewed for the manager position at the club before Roberto Martinez got the role.

Neville also worked with Round at Manchester United under David Moyes, with the duo making up the Scottish manager’s coaching staff at the famous club.

However, the pair’s close relationship has not brought Neville to Villa Park with the former Premier League defender determined to become a manager in his own right.

Villa are also currently looking for a new boss after Roberto di Matteo lost his role in charge of the club last week.

It is stated that Steve Bruce is still believed to be the leading contender for the position and with the former Hull boss also having ties to Manchester United, it would link with Neville.

In other Aston Villa news, Aidy Boothroyd has hailed “brilliant” Jack Grealish and claimed he has has been a joy to work with in the England Under-21s.