Tony Xia vents his frustration on Twitter after Aston Villa U-turn
By Amir Mir
Tony Xia appeared to vent his frustration at the lack of progress in Aston Villa’s bid to tie youngster Rushian Hepburn-Murphy to a long-term contract.
The 18-year-old has a contract at the Championship side which runs until this summer but the player has failed to commit his future to the club, much to the annoyance of senior figures at the club.
Villa manager Steve Bruce stated that he has axed the youngster from the matchday squad that will travel to Tottenham for an FA Cup fixture on Sunday because he has not signed a new deal.
Hepburn-Murphy came on as a late substitute during Villa’s 1-0 loss at Cardiff on Monday afternoon – only his second appearance for the Championship side this term – after Bruce was told the teenager would sign a new contract.
But that did not prove to be the case and the Villa manager is so frustrated at the U-turn that he has decided to freeze out the academy product unless he signs.
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho previously stated during his time at Chelsea that “agents and parents” are ruining teenage players.
Now, owner Xia agreed with those comments as he expressed his thoughts on Hepburn-Murphy on his personal Twitter account.
I very much agree with what Mourinho said that parents&agents are someones always ruin youngest's career, one way the other.
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) January 6, 2017
Hepburn-Murphy’s appearance on Monday was just his second for the club this season after former boss Roberto Di Matteo gave him a brief run out against Newcastle in September.
The academy graduate has played ten games for the under-23s in Premier League two this term, scoring six goals.
He made his debut for the club in 2015 at the age of 16 when then Villa manager Tim Sherwood gave him his first taste of senior football.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Championship playmaker has agreed terms with Villa but this is holding back the deal.