£75k-a-week The Premier League midfielder maintains his firm stance in the face of reported Man City interest.
Midfielder Douglas Luiz has indicated unequivocally that he is content at Aston Villa, despite recent talk that Manchester City is interested.
Luiz left City in 2019 after failing to obtain a work permit that would have allowed him to play for Pep Guardiola’s first team.
Pep never wanted to lose the Brazilian, but it was out of his hands, and the star was eventually sold to Aston Villa for roughly £15 million, which was considered smart business at the time.
Luiz has already made 173 appearances for Villa, and he is now playing the finest football of his career.
In fact, he acknowledges as much in a new interview with Sky Sports, where he also emphasises how pleased he is with the club.
Manchester City may struggle to re-sign Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz.
90min reported at the end of last month that City were interested in re-signing Luiz.
It was emphasised that Villa would not entertain any offers, and it was suggested that Luiz was eager to assist Villa in potentially winning silverware in the form of the Europa Conference League.
Luiz has now spoken out about his current circumstances.
If City are interested, it appears that they will have a difficult time signing the Brazilian. “I am very happy to hear the stories, but I am here at Aston Villa,” he remarked, admitting he finds the conjecture flattering. My attention is entirely focused on this task. I don’t spend much time reading the stories. I see them, but I don’t pay attention to them, and I don’t look at them every day. My mind is at Aston Villa.”
Luiz is overjoyed right now since he will be working with Unai Emery, a manager he sees as “exceptional.”
Any Luiz deal would be extremely difficult for City to complete.
Luiz, realistically, will not be leaving until next summer at the earliest.
He appears to be settling in well at Villa Park, and many City fans will be relieved that he has found success in the Premier League after having difficulty obtaining a work visa at the Etihad.
Some people would welcome his return to the club.
But it would be a difficult trade to complete because the £75,000-a-week player is so important to Villa right now, and he has a contract that supposedly goes until 2026.
We’ll have to wait and see what the future holds. After years of conjecture, Kalvin Phillips will almost certainly not be a City player next season, and Bernardo Silva may finally depart the club. Who knows, there’s always the possibility that Luiz feels he has unfinished business at the Etihad.