Aston Villa midfield target gives update on future after captaincy snub

By Tom Blackburn

Mile Jedinak has committed his future to Crystal Palace despite being replaced as club captain.

TalkSport reporter Callum Williams revealed on his personal Twitter account last weekend that Aston Villa had tabled a bid for the Premier League midfield enforcer.

Jedinak has quelled any suggestions that he will be leaving the club, even though he is disappointed to be replaced as captain.

“My commitment is to Palace, I’m a Palace player,” Jedinak told Fox Sports “I’ve not been told otherwise by anybody and until then you remain committed.

“At this time of the season there’s a lot of speculation but I just remain true to myself and keep my head down and not remain muddled with anything. Just keep a clear head and get on with the job.”

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“I was surprised (to lose the captaincy), obviously. When you do a job with full commitment, it’s never nice.

“When there’s something that you regarded very highly throughout your career, especially with where the football club was at and where it is now, to be in that position has been a huge privilege and something I did with full commitment.

“It was a bit of a shock and I’m someone who has got a lot of pride so it wasn’t the nicest thing that’s for sure.

“You give your all to the task and hopefully that’s enough but sometimes things get taken out of your hands and one way or another you have to accept it and get on with it and focus on the task at hand.”

Jedinak, 32, was recently replaced as Palace captain by defender Scott Dann after making just 26 appearances last term.

Australian Jedinak moved to Crystal Palace in 2011 and has become a firm fans’ favourite for his committed displays in midfield.

Former Palace manager Dougie Freedman installed him as captain, and he helped guide the club back to the Premier League under Ian Holloway in 2012-13 when was named the club’s player of the season.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo is looking for midfield replacements after the departure of Idrissa Gueye to Premier League side Everton after they activated his £7.1 million release clause.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, Tony Xia claims the Midlands club will sign new player by Saturday.