Villa Park striker falls out with the boss.
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Aston Villa striker John Carew could be offered a way out of Villa Park after reports that Sampdoria are already in talks with his agent about a January move.
Carew’s future is in doubt following reports of a fall out with new Villa manager Gerard Houllier after being told he needed to prove he was worthy of a new contract.
The striker told a Norwegian newspaper: “I don’t know if he has a problem with me but if he does then he should talk to me about it. It requires mutual respect. I am puzzled and offended.
“He should have been here a little longer before he started making demands.”
The interview didn’t go down well with Houllier who responded by saying Carew was “stupid” and advised him to stop “living in the past”.
The pair are set for clear-the-air talks but now it seems the Norwegian international already has an escape route.
The Italian press says negotiations between Serie A giants Sampdoria and the player’s agent have already started with the possiblity of a meeting in Birmingham next week.
Fiorentina could also be interested. (TalkSPORT)
It seems that the close relationship many believed Gerard Houllier had with Norwegian striker John Carew was either non-existent or has been dealt a hefty blow in recent weeks. The two had worked together at Lyon and many had believed that the Frenchman’s arrival at Villa Park would result in the 31 year old striker having a good chance at getting regular first team football but this has not proved to be the case.
The experienced powerfully built front man is something of a cult hero at the club but has started just one Premier League game since Houllier took over and it looks as though a move to Italy is on the cards, which will be a big lossfor the Midlands club as Carew has managed a very commendable 52 goals in 103 starts for Aston Villa in all competitions.