Nuremberg Confirm No Fresh Bids For Aston Villa Target Hiroshi Kiyotake

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Villa have not made any bid for Japanese star.

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Bundesliga side Nuremberg have denied that the club have received any fresh offers for Japanese playmaker Hiroshi Kiyotake, Sky Sports reports.

The 23-year-old had been the subject of speculation this summer after reports had suggested that Aston Villa were set to make a move for the talented attacking midfielder.

Villa had indeed made an initial approach, which was knocked back by the Germans, though the rumour is that Paul Lambert is now set to return with an improved offer in the hope of convincing the mid-table side to sell.

The Japan international impressed during his debut season in European football last term, settling quickly into Bundesliga life by scoring four times in 32 appearances to help Nuremberg to a tenth placed finish.

The club have made it know that he is a key part of their long term plans and aren’t keen on letting him go, thus warning potential suitors that they are not prepared to enter any kind of negotiations after having for just 12 months.

Sporting director Martin Bader told Nurnberger Nachrichten on a player who is under contract until 2015: “It is a fact that we have not received any new requests.

“So we’re not going to spend any time on it either.

“We’ve made it clear to the player that he is in our plans.”

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