Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood puts rumours of Carles Gil's potential departure to bed

Aston Villa

After being linked with a move back to La Liga in recent weeks, the Spanish midfielder has now received his manager's backing.

Carles Gil’s Aston Villa future had been in doubt this summer after a miserable end to last season, but manager Tim Sherwood has now told the club’s official website that he believes the skilful Spaniard can be a perfect No. 10 for his side.

Gil 22, made a hot start to his Villa career last term following a winter move from Valencia, scoring the club’s goal of the season on his full debut in a 2-1 FA Cup fourth round win over Bournemouth, as well as earning rave reviews through his first four league starts.

The promising midfielder looked set to prove a major difference-maker in the team’s battle to avoid the drop at the time, but his fortunes soon changed after Sherwood replaced the beleaguered Paul Lambert at the helm.

Hauled off less than an hour into Sherwood’s first match in charge against Stoke, he would go on to earn just a one-minute cup cameo over the remaining 15 games of the campaign, as rumours of a falling-out with the Villa boss cast doubts over his long-term future at the club.

Reports have since linked the former Under-21 international with a return to Spain [h/t Estadio Deportivo], with the likes of Real Sociedad and Villarreal named as potential suitors, but Sherwood has now but those suggestions to bed and insisted that he will see a lot more game time this coming campaign.

Praising the former Valencia man’s work through the first week of the club’s pre-season training camp in Portugal, Sherwood said: “Carles has shown me a lot in this pre-season already that he can play and affect things for us.

"He is going to play a lot more football this year because we're not in that situation where it's a relegation battle. I didn't know him last season and we were playing a different way – it was almost like we needed to get over the line.

"The team wasn't winning so in the end the manager has to make a decision. I always talk about that jigsaw and unfortunately he wasn't part of that intense approach we needed to win games.

"It's different now - and hopefully we can get him on the ball in important areas of the field."

 2014-15 Premier League PositionTeamGoalsAssistsTotal Key PassesPassing AccuracyTotal CrossesCrossing AccuracyTotal DribblesDribble SuccessAppearancesMins Played
Carles Gil MF Aston Villa 0 1 6 89% 33 15% 26 69% 5 359

Furthermore, Sherwood also stressed that he does not feel he needs to bring in another creative attacker at this moment in time due to Gil’s presence in the squad, telling avfc.co.uk: "I see his best position as a No 10. Until we exhaust what he has to offer I don't think it's right to bring anyone else in to that position. He is a very technically gifted player."

Those comments should come as welcome news to Villa fans, who saw their demands for Gil’s inclusion over the final months of last season fall on deaf ears.

Labelled the elusive No. 10 Lambert’s side had been lacking upon his arrival, his initial performances certainly lived up to that billing and the claret and blue faithful will now be hoping that Sherwood remains true to his word heading into the new campaign.

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