‘I find it strange’ – Former Premier League striker surprised at ex-City midfielder’s Villa move
Former Premier League striker Darren Bent has expressed his bemusement as Aston Villa look set to welcome former Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luiz to Villa Park despite possible complications in obtaining a work permit for the 21-year-old.
Luiz never made an appearance for City despite joining two years ago from Brazilian side Vasco Da Gama, spending the last couple of seasons on loan at La Liga club Girona while City were unable to gain a work permit – which reports claim came down to the unlikelihood of the youngster becoming a first-team regular during his time at the Etihad Stadium.
However, his chances of that at newly promoted Villa are thought to be higher, which the club feel will aid their application for a permit to be granted.
While ex-Villa forward Bent believes Luiz would be a good signing for the Premier League new boys – he remains puzzled as to why Villa will look to have greater persuasive powers than champions City when appealing to the authorities for a work permit.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I find it strange that Manchester City couldn’t get a work permit but Villa might get one.
“That’s probably the strangest part, that Manchester City couldn’t get it over the line even though he’s a City player, but Aston Villa are confident that they can.
“It’s tough, he didn’t make an appearance for Manchester City. it seems like another good signing, an exciting signing, it’s one of them where you’re not quite sure how it’s going to work.”
Though it may be a case of the one that got away for City, with Luiz not making a single appearance in sky blue, the club need not feel too hard done by should the Brazilian be permitted to turn out for Villa next year, following the confirmation of his switch last week.
Manchester City are believed to have received over £15m for the midfielder (according to Transfermarkt), and given he has failed to neither score nor assist during his lengthy Girona stint, Luiz may be a player City could happily live without.
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