Aston Villa Star Will Opt to Run Out Contract and Take £40k a Week to Sit on Bench

Villa Park midfielder will opt to see out contract rather than move to suit his club’s needs.

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Sports - September 25, 2007

NIGEL REO-COKER is ready to anger Aston Villa by seeing out the remainder of his £2m-a-year deal.

Aston Villa will hold crunch talks with Reo-Coker later this month to decide the midfielder’s uncertain future.

The former West Ham star’s four-year deal expires at the end of next season when he can leave the Midlands club for nothing.

Villa are keen to offload Reo-Coker in the summer in a bid to recoup some of the £7.5m boss Martin O’Neill paid West Ham to bring him to the club in 2007.

But Starsport understands the ­25-year-old is willing to run down the rest of his £40,000-a-week deal.

Unless Reo-Coker is offered the chance of joining a prominent Premier League club this summer, he is likely to remain at Villa Park next season. (Daily Star)

In many ways you can’t blame Nigel Reo-Coker for taking this stance but at the same time you can see why Aston Villa may be a little unhappy about the possibility they will lose out on cashing in on the former England Under 21 captain.

First team opportunities have been few and far between for the former West Ham man and the midfielder has reportedly had more than the occasional falling out with Martin O’Neill during his time at Villa Park, most notably when the 25 year old has had to play out of position on the few times he has made the first eleven, so one can understand why things are strained between the club and the individual.

At the same time Reo-Coker won’t want to leave just to suit his employers and will not want to simply make a move he feels would be a backwards step just so Aston Villa can make some money from the sale. It will be interesting to see what happens next on this one.

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