Aston Villa loanee Nicklas Helenius has once again moved to write off his future at the Premier League club, declaring a potential return “hard to imagine”.
Helenius, 23, made a £1.2 million move to Villa from Aalborg in June 2013 after netting 16 times in 34 games for the Danish club during the 2012-13 campaign, but would go on to make just six appearances over the course of the season for a total of 147 minutes.
Deemed surplus to requirements last summer before returning to his childhood club on a season-long loan, it’s since been revealed that the towering striker contracted a bacterial infection in England which left him fearing death and addicted to sleeping pills.
Now getting back to full fitness, Helenius has hit five goals in 29 total appearances so far this term but, despite having another 18 months left on his Villa contract, has not heard from his parent club in some time, and seems intent on putting his tumultuous Premier League spell behind him.
"I have trained in recent weeks, and have lost a kilo,” he told Danish newspaper BT upon returning from the winter break. “My plan is that I will be back playing at the level that I had eighteen months ago before I switched from AaB to Aston Villa.
"In the year I was at Aston Villa, I played virtually no matches. It is clear that it was not good [for my career].
“AaB have hired me to the summer break,” he continued. “Then I have one year left on my contract with Aston Villa. But I find it hard to imagine that I ever come back to the club again. Actually, I have not talked to a single person from the English club for a very long time.”
While Helenius arrived in the West Midlands with hopes of becoming a solid alternative to main man Christian Benteke, he appears destined to become another of manager Paul Lambert’s failed move.