Manchester City are unlikely to trigger their buy-back clause on Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz this summer with Fernandinho set to remain part of the squad, according to a report from the Telegraph’s Mike McGrath.
City have the option until June to bring Luiz back to the Etihad for a fee of £25million.
Luiz was guilty of making what former Premier League star David Meyler called a ‘stupid tackle’ as Villa surrendered the lead in a 3-1 defeat against Manchester United last Sunday.
But that was a difficult moment in what’s largely been an ‘outstanding season’, in the words of Sky Sports pundit Paul Robinson.
How has Villa’s Luiz performed in 2020/21?
Luiz has made 30 appearances for the Villans this season.
The defensive midfielder has averaged 1.5 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 1.3 clearances and 1.4 successful aerial duels per 90 minutes (via WhoScored).
He’s helped Villa progress from relegation candidates to a side with top-half ambitions.
Fan feed Villa Report relayed the detail from McGrath’s aforementioned report, and here’s how fans reacted.
Villa fans pleased by Douglas Luiz news
“Good. Time on his side to develop into a top top CDM with us, would’ve been so stupid if we’d let him go.”
“Delighted if he stays. We’ve seen on his day he is immense, and he’s only 23”
“Having finally calmed down from Sunday I’m now quite happy with this, he needs to buckle down now and mature alongside a proper CDM”
“He’s still very young for that position. He’s been immense for us at times and still developing at other times. We are better with him than without him.”
“His dip in form was his plan all along, what a genius”
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