Manchester City won’t active the reported buyback clause in Douglas Luiz’s Aston Villa contract.
That’s according to former Villa defender Alan Hutton, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Luiz’s future.
Luiz, 22, moved to Aston Villa from Manchester City in 2019 for a reported fee of £15million. [Sky Sports]
City inserted a buyback clause into Luiz’s contract with the Daily Star claiming the fee is £25million.
Pep Guardiola recently spoke about the option of signing Luiz and is quoted by Express and Star as saying, “There are a lot of people at the club working about these kind of players and at the end of the season we are going to take a decision.”
Hutton doesn’t think City will activate the release clause as he won’t get into Pep Guardiola’s current side.
“I’ve got a feeling that they won’t activate the buyback,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“He’s been outstanding, he’s been ever-present in that midfield and gives you everything you need from a defensive midfielder.
“He’s been a rock for Villa. Do I see him going to Man City and playing? I don’t think so.
“I could be wrong, it’s just my opinion but I really don’t think so, Villa will be desperate to hold onto him.
“I think he’ll stay, I just don’t see it happening. Man City are on a different level at the moment.
“Hopefully I’m right.”
Luiz has made 29 appearances for Aston Villa this season with the club still in the hunt for European football.
He signed for Man City in 2017 but never played a game for the club before moving to Villa Park.