Douglas Luiz would love to stay at Aston Villa despite recent quotes from Pep Guardiola about the buyback clause in his contract.
That’s according to former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Luiz’s future.
Guardiola was this week 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.”
Luiz, 22, left Manchester City to join Villa in the summer of 2019 but a buyback clause was placed in his contract.
Despite Guardiola refusing to rule out a move, Whelan claims Luiz will want to stay at Villa after settling in because another transfer could be ‘destructive’ and ‘disruptive’.
“Well it doesn’t sound good but they were fully aware of the buyback clause,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“You’ve got to abide by that, they’ll be hoping and have fingers crossed that they don’t activate the clause because he’s done really well and shown his worth at Villa.
“He would probably love to stay at Aston Villa because he seems very settled there now, that would be just as destructive for him, going back to the club where he came from.
“It’s very stop start and disruptive in his life, I’m sure he’ll be hoping that he gets to stay at Aston Villa but it’s worrying times for them.”
Luiz has been a mainstay in Dean Smith’s side this season, starting 27 of Villa’s 31 Premier League games so far.
He is yet to score this season but has picked up two assists despite playing as a defensive midfielder for the majority of the campaign.