Aston Villa defender Ahmed Elmohamady may take a pay cut if it means he can stay at Villa Park, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Manchester City and England defender claimed Matty Cash’s latest injury setback has given the veteran defender a chance to prove his worth to manager Dean Smith.
Cash is set to miss three to four weeks of action after he picked up a hamstring injury in Villa’s 0-0 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.
Elmohamady’s contract expires at the end of the season and he has been limited to just one Premier League start all season.
Asked whether Elmohamady, 33, could make his own claim to be Cash’s understudy, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Definitely.
“If you don’t get a new contract and drop down, I’m guessing in this day and age financially that’s a big hit.
“If you can get another year, even if it’s on slightly less money than you are on right now… you’re better off staying where you are.
“It’s an opportunity to say ‘look, I’m here. I’m a good pro, I’m a good squad player. I’ll be around.’
“It’s an opportunity to show the manager and the fans that he wants to stay and that he’s ready.”
Elmohamady has played 121 games for Aston Villa since moving to Villa Park in the summer of 2017.
He followed manager Steve Bruce from Hull City and he also played under Bruce at Sunderland.