Aston Villa loan star Scott Sinclair open about future plans

The Manchester City-owned winger has confirmed that he wants a long-term stay at Villa Park.

Manchester City loanee Scott Sinclair has confirmed to the Daily Mail that he “definitely” wants to sign a permanent deal with Aston Villa at the end of the season.

Sinclair, 26, moved to the Etihad Stadium from Swansea in August 2012 for £6.2 million but would struggle for form and fitness over the next three-and-a-half seasons, making just three starts in 19 total appearances.

The winger also failed to impress during last season’s loan spell at West Bromwich Albion, where he featured 11 times, and had seen just 29 minutes of action for Manuel Pellegrini’s side over the first half of this term.

However, he has started to find his feet again since joining Villa on a six-month loan deal in the winter transfer window, scoring three goals in 10 games, to suggest that he could still rediscover the form that saw him tipped for a senior England call-up during his time at Swansea.

In addition, with the club having the option to make his spell permanent in the summer for a bargain £2.5 million fee, the former Under-21 international has stressed that he would like to continue his efforts to revive his career in the surroundings of Villa Park.

“I feel at home at Villa,” he was quoted as telling the newspaper. “It's a great club, I'm sure at the end of the season we can sit down and I can sign. Definitely.”

A hamstring problem has limited Sinclair’s involvement for Villa in recent weeks but the former Chelsea product returned after three games out for the weekend’s 2-1 FA Cup semi-final win over Liverpool, when he replaced Charles N’Zogbia for the final 15 minutes.

It remains to be seen whether he will be able to reclaim a starting spot during the run-in, with the emerging Jack Grealish since establishing himself in the line-up, but he no doubt has a role to fill in Tim Sherwood’s squad moving forward.

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