Alex Bruce admits he admires Aston Villa attacking midfielder Callum O’Hare for turning down a new contract offer. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Northern Ireland defender believes the 22-year-old is making the right decision in choosing to leave Villa Park in search of first-team football.

As revealed by Football InsiderO’Hare, whose current deal runs out this summer, has turned down numerous offers from the Villans and looks set to leave for a compensation fee.

Bruce insists that O’Hare is doing the right thing by seeking a move which would guarantee first-team football, admitting he found himself in the same situation during his career.

Bruce told Football Insider: “You have to admire the kid, he obviously wants to go and play football, he might see his progression a little bit blocked in terms of getting into Aston Villa’s team.

“He’s obviously got a taste of first-team football while he’s been out on loan and he doesn’t want to give that up, which I understand. When I was that age and I went out on loan, the one thing I didn’t want to do was go back to a bigger club and sit on a bench or play in the reserves.

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“You want to keep playing.” 

O’Hare has played just nine times for Villa since coming through the club’s youth ranks.

However, he has been a regular at Coventry this season, with four goals and seven assists in 39 appearances across all competitions.

In other Aston Villa news, it can be REVEALED that the club have opened talks over a new striker deal after big development.