Aston Villa legend offers to teach £62,000-a-week attacker how to play football in withering blast
By Harry Sykes
Shaun Teale has offered to teach Charles N’Zogbia how to play football after reigniting his war of words with the club’s top earner.
Former Villa defender Teale and current player N’Zogbia become embroiled in a social media spat last month.
Now the 52-year-old has aimed a new blast at the French winger, who is preparing to leave the club at the end of a disastrous five-year spell.
N’Zogbia has come to symbolise the huge waste at Villa, with his cost to the club in wages and transfer fee since 2011 standing at more than £25million.
The 29-year-old has not played for the first team since last November and has been training with the Under-21s after refusing to agree to a loan deal in the January transfer window.
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N’Zogbia, whose lucrative contract expires next month, is believed to be paid £62,000 per week by the club.
“The man’s an idiot,” said Teale, speaking on BBC Radio WM, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail. “The man thinks he’s a player. Come and play against me I’ll teach you how to play.
“I’ll show you what your knees feel like because you’ve probably not used them for quite a while.
“It’s just ridiculous, £17 million in five years that’s £211,000 per appearance we’ve paid that man.”
The past and present players traded insults last month, with Teale telling N’Zogbia he “should be out polishing your skills for the weekend… oh I forget you don’t get selected cause no one rates you.”
“To which the former Wigan and Newcastle attacker replied: “(You) should be out polishing my cars coz i don’t rate you either.”
Teale, 52, who is currently coaching in the United States, spent four years at Villa as a player from 1991 to 1995 and was an integral member of the team that finished second in the Premier League and won the League Cup under ex manager Ron Atkinson.
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