By Villa News Speaking to Ty Bracey

22nd May, 2023 | 7:10pm

Aston Villa to have 'no problems' with dressing room wage friction despite 'ludicrous' Lucas Digne situation

We’re delighted to welcome Aston Villa podcaster Ty Bracey as our exclusive Aston Villa columnist each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the club…

Aston Villa won’t have any dressing room friction regarding wages even if big-name players are signed on lucrative contracts this summer, according to Ty Bracey.

After a quiet January transfer window in which Jhon Duran and Alex Moreno were the only acquisitions, Villa Park is expected to be a hive of activity in the coming months.

Emery is expected to be given a war chest of £200million this summer, and the club have already been linked with an ambitious double swoop for Ferran Torres and Dusan Vlahovic, as well as a potential free transfer move for Marco Asensio.

The Mirror recently reported [18 March] that Aston Villa currently have the 7th most expensive squad in the Premier League in terms of wages, spending £89,880,000 on their first-team players.

However, when speaking exclusively to Villa News, Bracey turned down the notion that big-name signings on high wages could cause friction in the dressing room, using the “ludicrous” situation of Lucas Digne as a current example.

“No, I don’t think there will be any problems,” he said.

“Lucas Digne, I think is currently the highest-paid player and he doesn’t even start right now, which is ludicrous considering he only plays 15 minutes a week.

“If you want Champions League and European spots though, you have to pay those wages.

“If we want to improve the squad, wages should never be something that should come into it.

“I would understand if someone was coming in on half a million a week, something ludicrous like that, but it happens, there are going to be people fighting for spots and competition will be good.

“So no, there should be no problems with the wages and I don’t think there is anybody at Villa who is underpaid. Everyone is on a good salary.

“I think the ones who we want to stay are getting those contract extensions and getting those wage rises.”

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