By Noel Whelan

16th Jan, 2021 | 7:00pm

Whelan Exclusive: Villa may sell Ramsey & include buy-back amid big update

Noel Whelan has suggested Aston Villa could choose to sell up and include a buy-back clause if Aaron Ramsey does not sign a new contract this month.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted it was “imperative” the Villans get the promising midfielder to commit his future to the club if they are serious about developing future stars.

The Daily Mail report that Aston Villa are keen to tie the 17-year-old, who will be out of contract in the summer, down to a new deal but that negotiations may be complicated due to Celtic and Ajax’s interest in signing him.

The promising midfielder, who is the younger brother of fringe Villa player Jacob Ramsey, is yet to make his first-team debut but has been playing regularly for the under-23s.

Whelan has insisted Dean Smith’s men cannot afford to be losing their up-and-coming stars at the end of their contracts and suggested a possible buy-back clause if they are forced to sell up this month.

Whelan told Football Insider: “If Aston Villa are serious about keeping good players and having that future of young stars coming through, like they’re buying right now as well, it’s really imperative that you keep these kind of players and not allow them to go anywhere .

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“Unless you can strike a deal with the club where you get to buy back, where they can get that future and get that experience and when they get to a certain point and they’re still progressing and becoming that kind of player, you get first option to bring them back to the club.”

Villa showcased the strength of their youth system in the FA Cup as a team made up of under-18s and under-23s took on Liverpool after a Covid-19 outbreak at the training ground.

Louie Barry, 17, scored a well-taken equaliser against the Premier League champions in what ended as a 4-1 defeat for the Villans.

In other news, a top pundit has claimed Aston Villa will be inundated with English offers after Dominic Revan’s temporary exit.