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Aston Villa boss Emery offers update on Barcelona loanee Clement Lenglet ahead of January transfer window

The defender has been linked with a move away

Legia Warszawa v Aston Villa FC: Group E - UEFA Europa Conference League 2023/24 Photo by Foto Olimpik/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Aston Villa boss Unai Emery has seemingly ruled out a winter move for Barcelona loanee Clement Lenglet despite his lack of game time.

Lenglet has been linked with a move to AC Milan after spending most of the season on the bench with the Premier League side.

However, Emery says he wants to keep hold of the Frenchman for the rest of the season and has been happy with his summer signing.

“I am very happy with him. His commitment in every training session is amazing. He is a very good professional and always ready to play. The last matches he was sick. He was with us in Zrinjski,” he said.

“He was better at Brentford but still a little bit sick. Other players maybe wouldn’t be with the squad if they were feeling like he was.

“Tomorrow, if everything is going well, I think he is going to play. I am wishing to see him and am really very excited about how he will help us tomorrow and in the next matches.

“I want to keep him because we need players for the challenges we are going to face this season.”

Lenglet hadn’t managed a single minute of Premier League action for Villa up until that point, but Emery was as good as his word and started him against Sheffield United on Friday.

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