Aston Villa to consider bids for Youri Tielemans in January as Villa Park quit claim emerges
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Aston Villa would consider selling Youri Tielemans in January if an acceptable offer is made, according to Alan Hutton.
Tielemans, 26, has struggled for game time since joining the Villans on a free transfer in the summer and is yet to start a Premier League fixture for the West Midlands club.
Football Insider reported on 11 October that the Belgium international wants to leave Villa Park in January due to a fall out with manager Unai Emery.
Tielemans has played in every single one of Villa’s matches this season but he hasn’t played for more than 45 minutes in the league since the opening-day defeat at Newcastle.
Hutton suggests the ex-Leicester ace may still have a futue at Villa Park but admits his former club could cash in on the playmaker if an acceptable bid is submitted in the January transfer window.
“If the money was right [they would consider it],” Hutton told Villa News.
“I wouldn’t say he’s up for sale but there’s always a conversation to be had if the money is there.
“They would obviously want a decent fee for him but of course, no doors will be closed.
“He’s not playing much at this moment in time but as a player, you have to buy into what’s happening and Aston Villa are on the up.
“They’re under a really good manager so why would you want to leave that?
“You would maybe play more minutes but it could be for a team down near the bottom.
“For him, it’s about working hard and trying to play his way into the team.”
Tielemans has played 14 times this season and contributed directly to a goal for the first time on Sunday (22 October) when he came off the bench to assist Leon Bailey in the 4-1 win against West Ham at Villa Park.
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