Aston Villa v Manchester United: Match in pictures
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Steven Gerrard has revealed that Luis Suarez will not be added to Aston Villa’s star-studded January transfer haul. The Villa boss has already signed former Liverpool team-mate Philippe Coutinho but will not complete a rumoured deal for ex-Reds colleague Suarez.
Coutinho marked his Villans debut with a goal in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United last weekend.
The Brazilian has been signed on loan from Barcelona until the end of the season, although the Midlands outfit have an option to make the deal permanent.
Coutinho is one of two senior additions to Gerrard’s squad during the Liverpool icon’s first transfer window since his switch from Rangers.
Left-back Lucas Digne was signed from Everton after falling out with boss Rafa Benitez, who was sacked four days after the transfer was completed.
Villa have now been linked with Anfield hero Suarez, who starred for Liverpool earlier in his career.
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The now-34-year-old scored 82 goals in 133 appearances on Merseyside and almost single-handedly guided the club to the Premier League title in 2013-14 – only for them to be pipped by Manchester City in the closing weeks of the season.
Suarez moved to Barcelona at the end of that campaign and then switched to Atletico Madrid in 2020. He has scored nine goals this term.
However, Gerrard has ruled out a return to the Premier League for the former Ajax star. Villa are not interested in a new striker – with Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins meaning they are already well stacked in the position.
“We’re not after a centre forward in this window. That’s as clear as I can be,” Gerrard said on Friday.
“I know Luis extremely well. He’s a world-class footballer, but we’re not after adding a centre forward, whether it be Luis or anyone else.”
Villa might need to sell players to balance their finances, especially if they want to seal further incomings.
Digne was a £20m arrival, taking Villa’s spending to around £130m for the season
Jack Grealish’s blockbuster £100m departure to Man City offset most of that.
Midfielder John McGinn has been loosely linked to Man Utd, although Gerrard would like the Scotland international to remain at Villa Park.
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“We don’t want to be a selling club unless there is a situation, as with Jack Grealish, which works itself out if you like,” Gerrard said.
“Our intention is to keep John McGinn here. We love the player, we love the human being and we want to help him. We want him to remain a Villa player and we can’t be any clearer on that.
“I think it is normal when your best players are linked with moves and there is a lot of noise around them.
“I see that as a compliment more than anything because if they weren’t linked then maybe they are not top players and maybe not as good as we think.”
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