Aston Villa have been told by Manchester United to forget any plans that they might have to sign Axel Tuanzebe on a permanent basis.
The England under-21 international initially joined Villa on loan in January 2018, but injuries restricted him to just five appearances, before he re-signed for Villa in another loan move for last season. That proved altogether more successful and he formed a potent defensive partnership with Tyrone Mings, helping the Midlands club to regain their Premier League status, via triumph in the Championship play-offs.
Whilst Villa, who are preparing for life back in the top flight after a three year absence, would dearly like to be able to sign Tuanzebe to a long-term deal, he is likely to stay at United for the summer, whilst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer runs the rule over him, and he could feature heavily in United’s pre-season friendly fixtures in Australia, China and Singapore.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.