According to The Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa have sent goalkeeper André Moreira back to parent club Atlético Madrid immediately.
The 23-year-old signed for The Villans on a season-long loan in August 2018, but could only manage two appearances for the club this season, both in the League Cup.
The goalkeeper was brought in by Steve Bruce due to depleted numbers in the goalkeeping position, however, the signing of Lovre Kalinic this month only pushed Moreira further down the pecking order under new manager Dean Smith.
This is the second loan departure this week at Aston Villa, as Yannick Bolasie returned to parent club Everton yesterday as well. Unlike Moreira, Bolasie was playing regularly for The Villans, however, he was demanding £70k a week in wages, and his performances did not warrant that.
What this does show by Villa is that they are intent on unloading those players that would be regarded as deadweight. With The Lions under huge financial pressure this season, they would have had to free up their wage bill in order to bring in new faces, and as a consequence, Moreira and Bolasie must have been top of the list for underachievers that needed to go.
This surely gives Villa a bit more freedom to bring in some new faces this month that would perhaps provide just a bit more than the Congolese and Portuguese did, and Smith must now be relishing the thought of bolstering his squad for the second half of the season where Villa hope to mount a promotion push.
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