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Richard Dunne Heads For Aston Villa Exit

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Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne will be the first player to leave the club this summer after Paul Lambert confirmed that he will not be extending his contract, The Telegraph reports.

The 33-year-old has not featured for the claret & blues this season having missed out with respective hip and groin injuries since representing the Republic of Ireland at last summer’s European Championships.

He will now become the first of Villa’s high earners that Paul Lambert is hoping to trim from the wage bill as he continues to redevelop the young squad ahead of next campaign.

Dunne was a £5 million signing from Martin O’Neill’s time at the club and is on a reported £50,000 a week contract.

Lambert will also likely seek talks with the likes of Darren Bent, Shay Given and problem child Stephen Ireland over the coming weeks to thrash out their futures. Both Bent and Given have two years left on big money deals and may be difficult to move on for any sort of significant fee.

Ireland has just 12 months remaining on his contract but has been frozen out by the manager since January’s home defeat to Newcastle and though a move to MLS side New York Red Bulls has been mooted there has been no serious interest in the former Manchester City midfielder.

“We’ve had to strip the squad right back and get it going. Randy has been fantastic with it and he understands what we are trying to do. We are trying to build a club,” Lambert said.

“Any club will be busy and trying to do something but we have set a standard that we have got to do better. To do that you have to keep trying to build your squad and keep belief in your own philosophy.”

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