The manager of Aston Villa, Paul Lambert, has announced the Aston Villa’s first choice squad for the upcoming season and the defender, Stephen Warnock, hasn’t been included in that squad.
According to some reports, Lambert has made it quite clear to Warnock that he is not in his plans for the upcoming season and he can take a transfer. In the last season, Warnock had featured regularly for Aston Villa. But, it seems that the new manager, Lambert, doesn’t have too much confidence in Warnock’s playing abilities.
Warnock has been playing for Villa since the last 3 years. He had joined the club in August 2009 on a contract of 4 years. His first goal for Villa was against Blackburn Rovers in the semi final of the League cup in January 2010. In his first season for Villa, he generally played as substitute and didn’t get too many chances to start the match. But, in the 2010-11 season, he got the starting opportunities and he made full use of those opportunities. He performed consistently and impressed Martin O’Neill, who was the manager of Villa at that time. His performance was up to the mark in the last season as well. He played in 34 matches in the last season.
According to some reports, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers have shown interest in the defender. Martin O’Neill is the manager of Sunderland at the moment and it was Neill who bought Warnock for Aston Villa in 2009. He likes the playing style of Warnock. So, he is looking to sign the defender once again. However, Warnock himself hasn’t yet made it clear that he is going to leave Villa. He said that he hasn’t taken any decision yet. He admitted that he has been approached by a few clubs, but, he said that he would consider a few things before reaching the final decision.