Charlie Austin non-committal over future amid recent Aston Villa speculation

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Charlie Austin is focusing on playing for England rather than speculation over his future.

Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin says he is trying to ignore speculation over his future, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

Austin, 25, is currently training with England ahead of what could be his first cap against the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, marking a meteoric rise from non-league football with Poole Town to representing his country.

This has all stemmed from a superb season from the striker, as Austin scored 18 goals in 36 games for Queens Park Rangers, but was unable to keep them in the Premier League as Chris Ramsay's men suffered relegation just a year after their promotion to the top flight.

Now, whilst Austin is preparing for international duty, speculation continues over his future, with the Daily Star recently reporting that Aston Villa are targeting the former Burnley star.

Villa boss Tim Sherwood has rejuvenated Christian Benteke during his time in charge of Villa, but the Belgian could now leave Villa Park this summer - and Austin is suggested as the ideal replacement for Benteke.

However, with the transfer window not even officially open just yet, Austin has played his cards close to his chest, admitting that he will just wait and see what happens and put all his energy into playing for England.

"Unfortunately as a team we could not stay in the Premier League," said Austin. "To be honest I just want to live for the next two weeks, enjoy the moment, and what will be will be."

With just one year left on his contract at Loftus Road, it seems almost assured that Austin will be leaving sooner rather than later - and whilst the international games give him a break from thinking about his future, the topic will arise once again as soon as he returns, with a number of Premier League clubs no doubt interested in signing him this summer.

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