James Chester comments on future amid reported Aston Villa and Newcastle interest

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Hull City defender James Chester says he is trying to ignore speculation surrounding his future.

Hull City defender James Chester has told the Hull Daily Mail that he is happy to stay at the KC Stadium despite reported interest from Aston Villa and Newcastle.

Chester, 26, left Manchester United for Hull in 2011, and has been a regular in the side ever since that move, playing almost 200 games for the club in all competitions.

Unfortunately for Chester, he couldn't help save Hull from relegation, as the Tigers dropped down to the Championship after a 0-0 draw against Manchester United on the final day of the Premier League season.

Now, the vultures are circling Humberside, with the Daily Mirror recently reporting that both Aston Villa and Newcastle United are hoping to offer Chester an immediate return to the top flight.

The Welsh international is currently preparing to face Belgium this week, but took time out to discuss his future with Hull, saying that he is happy at the club despite the relegation, but did admit to being flattered by the recent rumours of a summer transfer.

"Other people's interests and nice comments are always good for the ego, but these are scenarios and situations which I can't affect until something changes," said Chester. "I'm more than happy to be at Hull City."

Ultimately, Hull boss Steve Bruce will be concerned at the prospect of losing Chester, given that a move to Aston Villa or Newcastle would be far too good to turn down in light of Hull's relegation back to the Championship - but at least Bruce doesn't have to deal with an unhappy player.

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