Gary Gardner happy to stay at Aston Villa

Gary Gardner is determined to stay and fight for a place in Aston Villa's first-team, after spending much of his time out on loan in recent seasons.

Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner has told the club's official website that he has had no thoughts about leaving the club. 

Gardner has spent much of his time out on loan in recent years, but he is not looking for a temporary switch this time around, and wants to fight for his place.

The 23-year-old midfielder has found first-team opportunities hard to come by in recent times, but he is determined to force his way into Tim Sherwood's line-up in the near future, having battled his way back from injury. 

"My main aim is to become established," he said. "Sometimes you can't help situations that come about. The tackle in pre-season was totally out of my hands.

"I work hard, I look after myself and I think that's why I come back well from my injuries. I don't think many people would've coped with that I've been through but I've come through it.

"I don't drink and I look after my body - that's why I come back well.

"I'm a Villa player and that's where I want to be. I want to push on now."

Gardner was expected to have a big role to play for Sherwood's team this season, after impressing at Nottingham Forest towards the back end of last year.

Gardner was given a role at Forest where he protected the defence, and his discipline would have been a handy option for Villa so far this season.

The Claret and Blues have been in poor form over the early weeks of the new campaign, but they will hope that Gardner's return to fitness can spark an improvement.

The central midfielder has been back in training for the past two weeks, and he will hope to play a part against Chelsea at the weekend. 

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