Stephen Ireland told he can leave the club.
Paul Lambert has begun a clear out of the Aston Villa squad and has informed a number of the club’s senior players that they are free to seek employment elsewhere according to The Telegraph.
Lambert is keen to revitalise his Villa squad and often put his faith in the club’s younger stars during the club’s previous campaign.
That decision almost backfired on Lambert when the club were drawn into a season long relegation battle but the club managed to avoid Championship football, largely in thanks to the goals of Christian Benteke.
Lambert believes his youngster will come back stronger this year following the experience and is ready to back them once more.
That is likely to spell the end for a number of Villa’s older players who are not keen on another year without first team football.
Lambert has already informed Stephen Ireland he is free to leave the club. The Republic of Ireland midfielder has just 12 months remaining on his current deal and Lambert is willing to accept a bid far below the £8 million Villa paid to Manchester City for his services.
They are likely to be followed out of the Villa Park exit door by the likes of Darren Bent, Shay Given and Alan Hutton, while Richard Dunne has already left the club after his contract with Villa expired.