Better with me in the team: 24-year-old outcast hits out at Aston Villa after nightmare spell
By Matt Farr
Aston Villa outcast Jores Okore has condemned his former club for exiling him from the first-team setup last season.
Okore, 24, made just 12 Premier League appearances as Aston Villa were relegated from the Premier League last season, and was shipped out of the club in the summer.
The Denmark defender returned to his homeland with FC Copenhagen, where he has made just eight appearances in all competitions.
But despite his attempts to move on from his nightmare experience at Villa Park, Okore has hit back at his former club over their baffling decision to exile him.
He told Danish news outlet Ekstra Bladet: “I got a big blow when I was sent down to the U21 team. I found it hard to understand because I felt I had much to give to the team.
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“I could make the difference when we played. The results were better when I played. But suddenly though the coaches were no longer on me. It came as a big surprise.
“The time at Aston Villa taught me that I need to not focus on the things I can not control. It is a waste of time.”
Okore signed for Aston Villa from Nordsjaellend for £4million in the summer of 2013, and played under five different managers during his three-year spell.
He managed just 41 appearances in all competitions for the Midlands club, but was considered a first-team regular under the management of Paul Lambert and Tim Sherwood during the 2014-15 Premier League campaign.
However it was under caretaker manager Eric Black in 2016 when things took a turn for the worst for the defender.
Black had claimed that Okore had requested not to play in any more games for the club, and was subsequently punished with demotion to Villa’s Under-21 side.
But he is now hoping to lead Copenhagen into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with the Danish side holding a 2-1 first leg lead over Ajax heading into Thursday night’s tie in Holland.
In other Aston Villa news, there is a massive injury boost for the club regarding winger Andre Green.