Swindon Town star Massimo Luongo comments on rumours of Aston Villa transfer

Swindon Town ace Massimo Luongo has admitted that recent transfer speculation has affected his performance.

Swindon Town midfielder Massimo Luongo has told The Sun that recent rumours of a move to Aston Villa have been affecting him.

Luongo, 22, has been one of the stars of the League One season, contributing six goals for the Robins as Mark Cooper's men push for promotion to the Championship.

Yet with Swindon set to face Sheffield United in the first leg of the play-off semi-finals tonight, Luongo has admitted that recent transfer speculation is bothering him.

The Daily Mail recently reported that Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood is looking to reunite with Luongo this summer, having worked with the Australian international at Tottenham.

Having left White Hart Lane in search of first team football, Luongo has shown why is regarded as one of the Football League's finest young playmakers, so it's no surprise to read that Sherwood is allegedly interested in adding him to his squad at Aston Villa.

However, with the transfer window drawing ever closer, Luongo has told The Sun that the rumours about a move to Villa Park have affected him, and he needs to put the thoughts of a reunion with Sherwood to the back of his mind, and focus on Swindon's play-off campaign.

"The speculation has all been playing on my mind a little bit and I just have to force myself not to worry about it," said Luongo. "I need to fully focus on Swindon and do my bit to get us promoted."

"It has all been a distraction. I do my best not to think about it but it’s human nature to ponder over these things and think about the future. Some fans have been criticising me a bit for my performances but I always do my best," he added.

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