May 18, 2021

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Aston Villa were ready to hold on to Anwar El Ghazi following Trezeguet’s injury

It is unlikely that Aston Villa will sanction the sale of Anwar El Ghazi this summer after the long-term injury Trezeguet has suffered, Football Insider reports.

Trezeguet suffered a serious knee injury in the Premier League clash in Liverpool last month and his recovery could take up to a year.

The Midlands outfit recently planned to separate from El Ghazi as part of the summer revision of their wide-ranging attacking options.

However, manager Dean Smith has changed his attitude towards the Dutchman with the long injury finish for Trezeguet after knee surgery.

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El Ghazi has been in and out of the Villans lineup during this period, but has impressed with eight goals from just 1,188 minutes of league play.

He has recently played in back-to-back games against West Bromwich Albion and Everton. He set the winning goal against the latter over the weekend.

His recent form will have played an important role in convincing Smith. The club could still make attacking additions this summer to push for European football next season.

However, their main focus could be on convincing Captain Jack Grealish to stay. He is currently attracting interest from Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Cityzens are aware of a hidden release clause in Grealish’s contract and could take steps to sign him if Raheem Sterling walks towards the front door.

Sterling is reportedly valued at around £ 75 million. Real Madrid have emerged as potential candidates to sign the former Liverpool man.

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