According to a report in the Birmingham Mail, Adama Traore’s omission from the Aston Villa squad is purely based on footballing reasons.
The Telegraph had reported that Traore was set to become Villa’s top earner if he made a certain number of appearances.
However, Troare’s potential pay rise has had no influence over his consistent omissions under Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde, according to the Birmingham Mail.
Sherwood is said to have believed Traore gave the ball away too regularly to be deserving of a starting place, while Garde simply feels he has better options available to him.
It means that Traore’s chances of playing at Villa Park still look limited, unless he can persuade Garde that he can have a part to play in training.
There was great excitement when Traore was brought to Villa from Barcelona during the summer transfer window, and he has looked spritely in his first few appearances for the club.
The 19-year-old made a big impact on debut against Crystal Palace, and he scored against Notts County in the Capital One Cup, but he has not played a match since October, and his first team chances still look bleak, even after a change of management.