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Barcelona loanee Clement Lenglet sent strong message about his Aston Villa future

Unai Emery has spoken his mind

Aston Villa v Sheffield United - Premier League Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Aston Villa manager Unai Emery appears to have ruled out a winter move for Barcelona loanee Clement Lenglet by insisting his club “need” the defender.

Lenglet was linked with a move away after struggling for game time but things do appear to have changed recently.

The Frenchman has started the team’s last three Premier League matches, and Emery has made it clear he wants to keep hold of the defender.

“Lenglet is a very good professional. He even came when the players had a day off to do extra work. I speak to Lenglet and send him a message that I’m very happy with him,” he said.

“I need him, the team needs him now. We agreed a contract between the club and him to help us in the summer. There is nothing in my mind that has changed in this relationship.”

AC Milan and Bayern have both been linkd with Lenglet but it looks as though he will be staying put this winter now.

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