Danny Mills has admitted he was baffled by the comments made by Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe’s about Aston Villa star Tyrone Mings as the defender prepares to take on his former side.

The former Manchester City and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that Howe’s complimentary remarks about the centre back made him question why he was not kept on by the Cherries, insisting he will have a point to prove with his new side.

Howe said in his pre-game press conference that Mings has “all the attributes” to make the step up to the England squad and that there was “no doubting” the quality he has at the heart of the defence.

Mills admitted he was confused why Bournemouth would let someone who Howe is obviously a fan of depart the club, insisting Mings would be out to prove his former boss wrong.

Asked if Mings had a point to prove against his old side, Mills told Football Insider: “Yeah, a little bit. I was listening to Eddie Howe’s press conference, he was very, very complimentary about Tyrone Mings. 

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“Then you think: ‘Why did you let him go?’ He said his competition was against Nathan Ake, who has obviously played well at Chelsea and very well at Bournemouth, initially on loan. Always against the club you’ve left, there’s an extra incentive to do well and say: ‘Look at what you’re missing.’ 

“He will be up for it.”

Mings played a crucial part in securing Villa’s promotion back to the Premier League, having joined on an initial loan spell back in the January transfer window.

He only managed to make 23 appearances for Bournemouth before his exit for Villa, where he has played 19 times across all competitions to date.

In other Aston Villa news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that Dean Smith made a big blunder which he will have to learn from against Spurs.