The defender was given the skipper’s captain for a recent pre-season friendly, but oddly followed up this show of faith by Tim Sherwood by unfollowing his new club.
The player did, however, follow ‘Live Traffic – M6’ updates…is the England international planning a quick getaway from Villa Park, or are we reading too much into things?
Similarly, the player still follows West Ham United, Newcastle United and Everton…surely he’s not considering his options and contemplating jumping ship so soon?
Stranger things have happened…
The 27-year-old made his breakthrough at Manchester City, making his first-team debut in 2005. He went on to make almost 180 league appearances for the Citizens—winning the Premier League in 2012—but a combination of injury and the form of Pablo Zabaleta meant that he ultimately lost his place in the side.
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He spent last season on loan with Fiorentina, before being released by City in June 2015.
The defender returned to Villa—his hometown club—on June 17, agreeing a four-year contract with Sherwood’s side.