Alan Hutton has tipped Frederic Guilbert to regain his place in the Aston Villa squad in the summer despite being offered up for loan this month.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Villa defender believes the 26-year-old needs to be playing regularly after just two first-team appearances under Dean Smith this season.
As revealed by Football Insider, the French full-back has rejected a move to Istanbul Basaksehir after the Turkish outfit opened talks over a potential loan move this month.
It is understood Guilbert would rather stay closer to home and a temporary move to another English club is now a strong possibility as Villa look to get him regular first-team football.
Hutton has insisted a loan switch is in the 26-year-old’s best interests and that he could return to the squad as Matty Cash’s backup ahead of next season.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I think that’s the right move for him, going on loan.
“I do believe he’s a talented player, I think he’s shown that in the games that he’s played that he’s capable of playing at this level, but I think Matty Cash has come in and been absolutely outstanding.
“It’s one of those things that he’s come in, he’s taken his chance and you just have to bide your time. For him to go out and play games is a good move – come back, because, obviously, Elmohamady is getting towards the end, and then Guilbert is probably Matty Cash’s back up.
“It’s up to him then to try and force his way into things, so I think that’s the correct decision.”
Guilbert has not made a single Premier League appearance this term but has been left as an unused substitute for the last-six top-flight fixtures.
He has a total of 31 games, two goals and two assists under his belt for the Villans.