Remi Garde refuses to discuss January transfer window, but admits he's held discussions with board

The Aston Villa boss wants everyone to focus on their upcoming fixtures.

Remi Garde has refused to be drawn on Aston Villa's plans for the January transfer window, but did admit that he had held discussions with the club's hierarchy regarding how they would approach next month, the Birmingham Mail report.

With Villa bottom of the Premier League table, Garde has insisted that his focus is on the Villans' upcoming fixtures, rather than what they may do during the window.

"To be fair it's not the time for me to talk about the January transfer window. It’s too early," he said.

"We have five games to play, very important games. Our position from now to the opening of the transfer window could be quite different because it’s five games.

"Of course I’m working with the owner and the chief executive on the transfer window, but I can’t say anything because I want my players fully focused and me also fully focused on the 15 points to be played until the transfer window," he added.

Villa have not won in the league since the opening day of the season, and now find themselves seven points adrift of safety.

A home game against Arsenal, before crucial fixtures against fellow relegation candidates Newcastle United and Norwich City make December a huge month for the Midlands outfit. 

Despite the desperate need to collect points before the turn of the year, Garde has to balance how much attention he gives to the January window, as it is likely to prove just as important to their hopes of survival.

The players that the club acquired in the summer have struggled to make an impact, meaning that Villa have one more opportunity to make the kind of signings that can drag them away from danger.

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