Report: Charles N'Zogbia considering cancelling Aston Villa contract in January in an attempt to revive career

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The Frenchman has failed to make much of an impact during his time at Villa Park.

Charles N'Zogbia's time as an Aston Villa player appears to be drawing to an unspectacular conclusion, after the Birmingham Mail reported that the winger is considering whether to cancel his contract in January in an attempt to resurrect his career in MLS.

The 29-year-old's current deal at Villa Park expires in the summer, but with Remi Garde questioning the former Newcastle man's attitude, the Mail suggest that the two parties are trying to agree a settlement that would see N'Zogbia leave the club next month, before possibly accepting an offer from America. However, the move would see the Frenchman take a significant pay-cut (via Mail)).

With the attacking midfielder earning £66,000 per week (via Mail), it is surely in Villa's best interests to get him off the wage bill as soon as possible.

The club remain rooted to the bottom of the table, and may be hoping that they can use any money they manage to save from cancelling N'Zogbia's contract, on investing in the playing squad, and giving themselves the best chance of survival. 

The inevitability of N'Zogbia's imminent departure - whether that be during the winter, or next summer - signals the end of what has been a difficult time for the winger. 

Having been a crucial member of the Wigan side that continually defied the odds to remain in the Premier League for several years, N'Zogbia made the switch to the Midlands in 2011 for around £9.5m (via BBC Sport).

However, the Frenchman has failed to justify his price tag, with only four goals coming in 80 top flight games for the Villains. This season, he has been restricted to just two substitute appearances. 

Having largely failed to live up to expectations while playing for the club, it is surely in everyone's best interests for a settlement to be agreed, so Villa can concentrate on the players that are hopefully going to aid their survival bid, while N'Zogbia can attempt to revive his career.

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