Aston Villa manager Dean Smith

Alan Hutton has bemoaned the possibility of Manchester City re-signing Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa for £25million.

The former Villa and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor, has been left raving over the midfielder’s “unselfish” performances in the middle of the park for Dean Smith’s men.

As reported by the Daily Star, City are considering triggering the £25million buy-back clause in the 22-year-old’s contract after they sold him to Villa for £15million last summer.

The Brazilian has been a mainstay for Villa since joining the club and has missed just 13 minutes of Premier League action this season.

Hutton has insisted the Villans would be loathed to let Luiz leave on the cheap but admitted plenty of clubs will be sniffing around.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I think ever since Project Restart, he’s come back and he’s been on fire since. He is really that guy that sits, breaks up and allows all the other players to go and do what they need to do.

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“It’s real unselfish work he does but he’s got such a big role to play within the team. Obviously, Man City bought him, didn’t they, and they couldn’t get him to play because of the work permit and they have that clause where they could buy him back. He’s obviously got the links there from before.

“He’s playing excellently well, just like everyone in the Villa squad at the moment, so people are going to be looking, especially thinking they can maybe pick him up for for a little bit cheaper. 

I think the way he’s playing, as I say he’s so key to Villa, they won’t be wanting to lose him on the cheap, that’s for sure.”

Luiz sat out just two league games for Aston Villa last season and made his international debut for Brazil in November last year.

In other Aston Villa news, Kevin Phillips has claimed it will be “impossible” for a Villa star to get back into the starting XI as Twitter footage emerges.