Di Matteo insists star striker is staying at Aston Villa, has no release clause – report
By Amir Mir
Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has insisted striker Jordan Ayew will stay at Villa Park this season, and it was reported that the highly sought-after forward has no release clause in his contract.
The Ghanaian forward has been attracting interest from across Europe in recent weeks, with German side Hamburg reportedly tabling an £8 million bid and French side Nice also showing interest in his services.
But the recently appointed Di Matteo, speaking in his press conference on Friday afternoon ahead of their pre-season friendly against Middlesbrough on Saturday, insisted that the Villa striker is not for sale.
“Jordan Ayew is going to be part of our plans,” said Di Matteo in his press conference. “He is going to stay here and his qualities will shine.”
Here is the Tweet from the official Villa account.
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— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) July 29, 2016
Radio BBC West Midlands have also posted that Ayew does not have a release clause in his Villa Park contract.
VILLA UPDATE 1: RDM reaffirms striker Jordan Ayew is staying at #avfc There's NO release clause in his contract.
— BBC WM Sport 95.6 (@sportbbcwm) July 29, 2016
Ayew was one of a few standout performers for the Midlands club last season as they produced their worst season in the club’s 141-year history, registering 17 points and three wins in a miserable campaign.
Supporters will be pleased to hear Di Matteo’s news as the club have yet to add a striker to their squad, despite both Di Matteo and owner Tony Xia being keen on adding attacking reinforcements.
Di Matteo and his backroom staff will now focus on their first game at Villa Park when they take on Premier League outfit Middlesbrough in a pre-season friendly, before the action kicks-off away at Sheffield Wednesday on 7 August.
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