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21st Mar, 2017 | 1:25pm

Wyness: Aston Villa are keeping tabs on midfielder and winger ahead of summer window

By Matt Farr

Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness has admitted that on-loan duo Jordan Veretout and Carles Gil could have roles to play at the club next season.

The pair were shipped out on loan last summer summer after a disappointing campaign that saw Villa relegated from the Premier League, but they could return to the club in the next window.

Central midfielder Veretout is impressing out in France with Saint-Etienne, while right-winger Gil is on loan at La Liga outfit Deportivo La Coruna.

But Wyness has dropped a hint that the two could have roles to play in Birmingham next season, with Aston Villa preparing for a second spell in England’s second tier.

He told the Birmingham Mail: “The difference with players like Carles Gil and Jordan Veretout, for example, is are they suited for the Championship?

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“It’s different from when they were bought in the Premier League. We will be watching those players very closely. We are very aware of their performances.

“We already watch them closely but we’ll be watching them more closely to see if they can provide a role for us next season.”

Since the pair were pushed out of the exit door at Villa Park last summer, Aston Villa have added a number of midfield players to their ranks.

Henri Lansbury, Conor Hourihane and Birkir Bjarnason were among the players brought in to bolster the ranks during the January transfer window, and both Gil and Veretout would face stiff competition for a place in Steve Bruce’s starting eleven next year.

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has already revealed that several clubs have shown an interest in signing Veretout in the summer, but admitted he could be tempted to persuade the Frenchman to stay with the east Midlands outfit.

In other Aston Villa news, Nigel Spink has responded when asked if Villa could mount a late promotion charge.

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