Gabriel Agbonlahor affirms desire to stay at Aston Villa

 

Gabriel Agbonlahor has pledged his future to Aston Villa and the England striker warned other clubs they would be wasting their time trying to prise him away.

Agbonlahor has put a difficult 12 months under the then Villa manager Gerard Houllier behind him and been revitalised this season under Alex McLeish.

The Academy product has netted seven goals so far during the current campaign and believes his commitment to Villa means any would-be Premier League predators shy away from making official bids.

Agbonlahor said: "I think other clubs know how much I love playing for Villa. I don't think there's ever been a bid for me.

"They know this is a club I want to stay at and it's somewhere it would be hard to get me to leave.

"It's the same at other clubs who have players who are that club through and through - like Steven Gerrard at Liverpool.

"They don't put bids in for us because they know we won't leave."

Agbonlahor admits it is inevitable top players, like his Villa and England strike partner Darren Bent, will be linked with other clubs during the transfer window.

Bent has been the subject of speculation involving Liverpool, although the club's record signing has made it clear he wants to remain at Villa.

Agbonlahor said: "To be fair to Darren, he's just got on with his football, got another goal last week, and all he can do is concentrate on his games here.

"It's crazy the number of transfer rumours you see. If you listen to rumours, we'd be buying 10 players.

"Liverpool are maybe looking for another striker with Luis Suarez banned so top-quality players are going to be linked with them."

PA

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