Manager Dean Smith has been discussing the interest, and he seems pretty confident they can keep hold of the player past the expiry of this clause in the summer.
What Smith had to say about Douglas Luiz
Speaking via the Birmingham Mail, the Villa manager said: “He’s done really well for Brazil. There’s been talk about a buy-back option. I’m not aware of it, I don’t deal with contracts. I deal with the players.
“What I know is Douglas Luiz is loving his time at Aston Villa and getting better and better. He’s performing very well for Brazil as well. Long may that continue.
“Next summer’s a long way off for me, we’ve got 31 games in the Premier League left still so I’m concentrating on that.”
These comments should excite Villa fans
The Brazilian moved from Man City in the summer of 2019 and is a key name on the team sheet at Villa Park. He is effective at breaking up opposition attacks and he has shown this in the current campaign. The 22-year-old has managed, on average, 1.2 tackles and 1.7 interceptions a game this season (WhoScored). A player like this is crucial to allow the likes of Jack Grealish and the club’s other attackers to flourish further forward.
The manager clearly feels he is crucial too, as last season he said: “Douglas has been unbelievable since we’ve come back.”
The fact that City want him back highlights that he is reaching the potential that saw him sign for the club. Therefore Smith being confident that they can keep the Brazilian should please supporters of the club as they look to hold on to a very solid player.
In other Villa news, a former footballer slated Jack Grealish for his performance against Belgium. Have a read who it was here!
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