Report: Aston Villa misfit Charles N'Zogbia eyeing MLS move ahead of early release

Villa are reportedly ready to pay off the remaining six months of the polarising playmaker's contract as he looks to revive his career across the Atlantic.

Aston Villa are set to pay off Charles N’Zogbia’s contract six months early to allow him to move to MLS this winter, according to the Mirror.

N’Zogbia, 29, was widely expected to leave Villa last summer after being deemed surplus to requirements by former manager Tim Sherwood but the club failed to find a suitor willing to take on his reported £65,000-per-week wages.

After spending the first few months of this season out of the first-team picture, the French midfielder was handed a chance to revive his claret and blue career following Remi Garde’s appointment in November but made just two uninspiring substitute appearances before falling out of favour once again.

Garde even questioned the former Newcastle United’s man commitment last month, telling the likes of Sky Sports that he “could have given more than he has” during the opening weeks of the new boss' reign.

"Charles could have given more than he has given to the team in the first two or three weeks when I came," said Garde. "Charles' story with Aston Villa is a long one, with some difficult stuff, and he is ending his contract soon.

"Sometimes it's not the best way to be fully committed in a football club in the situation we are in.

"Charles is not the worst person I have ever met. I am just here to try to pick up the players I feel who are the most committed for this very difficult task we have. I am not saying Charles is a bad person. Sometimes it doesn't work between players and clubs, players and managers."

Premier League SeasonGoalsAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyTotal CrossesCrossing AccuracyTotal DribblesDribble AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Charles N'Zogbia 2011-2012 2 4 49 75% 136 28% 123 27% 30 2,083
Charles N'Zogbia 2012-2013 2 4 22 80% 63 22% 43 45% 21 993
Charles N'Zogbia 2014-2015 0 2 17 81% 42 19% 57 41% 27 1,429
Charles N'Zogbia 2015-2016 0 0 0 100% 4 0% 2 50% 2 41

Garde is now keen to strengthen his struggling side in the current transfer window to help boost their slim survival hopes and several fringe members of the squad could be moved on in order to make room for potential reinforcements.

N’Zogbia, whose five-year contract expires in the summer, is one of the players expected to leave in the near future and is looking to begin a new challenge in MLS, according to the Mirror.

The polarising playmaker will reportedly have the remainder of his hefty deal paid off, bringing an end to a lacklustre spell in the Midlands which has seen him fall foul of three successive managers in Paul Lambert, Sherwood and now Garde.

Originally signed from Wigan Athletic by Alex McLeish in July 2011 for around £9.5 million, the former France international has since recorded just five goals and 17 assists in 93 total appearances for Villa and missed the entire 2013-14 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

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