Aston Villa have completely reinvented themselves recently and are within a real chance of playing Premier League football next season. Dean Smith’s side have been truly remarkable over the last few weeks and appear to have built some momentum at the right point of the campaign.
However, it would seem one man almost was not a part of the turnaround in form at Villa Park as the club had tried to offload him in the January transfer window.
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According to a report by BirminghamLive, Birkir Bjarnason decided to reject offers to leave Aston Villa in the last transfer window.
Despite rarely featuring for Smith, the Iceland international was determined to fight for his place in the first-team under the new boss, although he has struggled to make an impact.
It is claimed that the club were keen to offload him due to concerns with Financial Fair Play regulations and with an expectation that his wages will increase from the £30,000-a-week next season, his future still remains in doubt.
Bjarnason may have been a key figure for Steve Bruce during his time at the club, however, Smith has rarely used him and it would appear unlikely that he will get a chance in the upcoming games as well.
Jack Grealish is finally back available after his lengthy injury troubles whilst John McGinn and Connor Hourihane are likely to be used in the other central midfield spot, leaving the Iceland international on the fringes.
With the Financial Fair Play regulations possibly rearing their ugly head once again, it would not be surprised to see Villa try to offload him in the summer, especially given that he is expected to receive a wage increase on his rather large contract already.
The fact that he has only featured once since the end of January would appear to back up the idea that he really is not favoured by Smith and makes the idea of a departure in the summer the more likely to happen as well.
Aston Villa fans, what do you make of Bjarnason’s decision to remain at the club in the winter transfer window? Do you think he will depart in the summer? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.
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