By Gabriel Agbonlahor

22nd Jun, 2022 | 3:21pm

Aston Villa's worst fears may come true as Carney Chukwuemeka agent claim issued by pundit

Gabby Agbonlahor has suggested Carney Chukwuemeka’s agent has put Aston Villa in a “tricky situation”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Aston Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer claimed Chukwuemeka is not in a position to demand a bumper new contract as he enters the final 12 months of his existing deal.

The Athletic reported on Monday (20 June) that the club are keen to extend the 18-year-old’s current contract.

He is currently away with England Under-19s at the Euros and scored and assisted in their 2-0 win over Austria in their opening game on Sunday (19 June).

“The problem with Aston Villa in this situation is that they don’t want to overpay for a player who is not good enough yet,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

“That’s the problem with young players sometimes, their agents are probably asking for an amount they don’t deserve yet.

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“Aston Villa are in a tricky situation where they need to give him the money or he will leave. 

“It happened with Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, they were in a position where they didn’t want to lose him so had to submit to the wage demands.

“Maybe this time with new owners, if he’s asking for £10,000, £15,000 or £20,000-a-week, I don’t know what it is, then they are thinking ‘You haven’t done enough yet, you’ve not had a run of games’.

“Someone like Jacob Ramsey deserved that money, he’s been outstanding all season.

“With Chukwuemeka they are probably saying ‘You can have this certain amount of money and if you make 15 starts, you get a rise, if you make 30 starts we can renegotiate’.  

“That’s how it was when I was that age. You didn’t get the big money straight away.

“Maybe that’s where Villa are at. If they lose him, yes, it’s not ideal but if you set that standard of giving young players whatever they want because they’ve got a chance of being a great player, it can be a dangerous situation for the club.

“It’s what all clubs fear. When a young player, who could go on to become a really big star, but nobody knows so you can’t give him the money he doesn’t deserve yet.

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