Joe Bennett suggests permanent move away from Aston Villa is possible

Aston Villa's Joe Bennett is spending the season on loan at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Aston Villa's Joe Bennett has suggested to the Brighton Argus that he may be open to leaving the Premier League club permanently for Brighton.

Bennett has struggled for appearances at Villa Park ever since joining the Midlands outfit back in 2012 and could be forced to look elsewhere for first-team football.

At the moment the 24-year-old left-back is on a loan spell with Brighton and Hove Albion and he has discussed the potential for a longer-term agreement.

“I’ve got another year left [on my Villa contract], so there might be a fee involved," he said to the Argus. "I’ll have to keep my options open but I think it is maybe a possibility that I could come here permanently.

“The main thing is that you are happy as a player. When you are happy off the pitch you are going to be playing the best you can on the pitch.

“That is a main factor for me, being happy and settled. I’m really happy here, so I can’t ask for anything more.”

Bennett has played regularly on his spell at Brighton, making 21 appearances across the first half of the season. 

Although the Seagulls have largely disappointed, Bennett has been one of their better players with his natural attacking instincts shining through. 

His chances of breaking back in at Villa look limited too, with most supporters feeling that he lacks the quality to perform at the top level, meaning that a permanent move could suit all parties.

If Bennett does leave Villa, he will have made 30 appearances for the Claret and Blue over a three-year stay. 

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