By Amir Mir
Stan Collymore has rued the day Aston Villa didn’t offer Leicester City winger Marc Albrighton a “£30k-a-week contract”.
The 27-year-old was part of a historic night in the Foxes’ history when his thumping strike helped the Premier League club reach the last eight of the Champions League.
Craig Shakespeare guided his team to a 2-0 win over La Liga giants Seville on Tuesday night as they qualified for the next stage by winning the contest 3-2 over both legs.
Villa academy graduate Albrighton played a big part in that win and Collymore had this to say on his personal Twitter account.
“Remember when we didn’t want to give Mark Albrighton a £30k-a-week contract,” Collymore asked.
Villans, remember when we didn't want to give Marky Albrighton 30k a week..
Or 15k less than McCormack..
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) March 14, 2017
Albrighton was released by Villa in 2014 when they were a Premier League outfit with then-manager Paul Lambert playing a big part in his departure.
Since he left the club, he has gone on to lift the Premier League trophy, reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League, while Villa are now a struggling Championship side.
Tamworth-born Albrighton was a fan favourite amongst the Villa Park supporters with many disappointed to see him leave three years ago.
However, he has since gone on to achieve great things and he now has the chance to play at clubs such as Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Albrighton has played eight matches in Europe this term, scoring two goals, level with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
In other Aston Villa news, Nigel Spink has questioned what this key player brings to the team.