Remi Garde tight-lipped on Aston Villa's Loic Remy pursuit, admits transfer difficulties

The Villa boss has previously admitted his interest in the Chelsea striker but says that the club's current struggles have made it harder to attract reinforcements this month.

After being criticised by Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink last week for discussing a potential move for Loic Remy, Aston Villa boss Remi Garde was keeping tight-lipped about his pursuit of the out-of-favour striker at his latest press conference.

Villa currently sit 11 points from safety at the foot of the Premier League with only eight points and one won to their name and have scored a division-low 16 goals in their 20 games.

As a result, Garde has reiterated that he is keen to strengthen his struggling side in the current transfer window and openly admitted his interest in Remy’s signature ahead of last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Sunderland.

The pair previously worked together at Lyon between 2003 and 2008, when Remy was rising through the ranks while Garde served on the coaching staff, and the Frenchman revealed at his pre-match presser that he was looking to form a reunion at Villa Park.

"Loic is a guy I know well, of course it would be an interesting player for the team,” Garde said last week. “He is part of some players I'll try to attract to Aston Villa, for sure.”

However, those comments saw him come in for criticism from Hiddink, who accused his Villa counterpart of disrespect for “going through the side door”.

“If you are interested, talk first to the people with whom they are contracted,” Hiddink told the likes of the Telegraph after hearing Garde’s comments. “You cannot go into details.

“Things must be done if you want to reinforce your squad, or if other clubs want to do so, so you talk directly to the management of the club who owns the player. You don’t go through the side door.”

Garde was consequently cautious when asked about Remy again ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Wycombe Wanderers, telling reporters at his presser: "You asked me the question last week actually and then I answered, but maybe I shouldn't have because I can understand that the Chelsea manager has been a little bit upset hearing me speaking about one of his players.

"This week I won't make any more comments about it. No, this is a problem that I can understand from his point of view. I respect what he said. I won't make any more comments today about Loic Remy."

Premier League TeamSeasonGoalsGoals MINSTotal Shots MINSShooting AccuracyScoring V Shooting AccuracyAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Loïc Remy Newcastle 2013-2014 14 150.21 23.37 36% 16% 3 30 81% 26 2,103
Loïc Remy Chelsea / QPR 2014-2015 7 120.71 22.84 43% 19% 0 6 81% 21 845
Loïc Remy QPR 2012-2013 6 197.83 31.24 45% 16% 0 16 77% 14 1,187
Loïc Remy Chelsea 2015-2016 1 146 14.6 20% 10% 0 2 85% 8 146

Remy, who originally joined Chelsea from Queens Park Rangers in August 2014, may have only made one start in eight Premier League appearances so far this season, but he remains a big-name target with a whole host of reported suitors.

With Villa facing a mountain to climb to retain their top-flight status, Garde admits that attracting those kinds of players to the Midlands will not be easy during the January transfer window.

“It’s not an easy situation to attract players from outside because we are not in the right position at the moment,” he added. “So I’m not only focused on bringing in people to have better results.

“We’ve got many players already in this football club. My main focus is to concentrate on them and to help them still believe that we can get win because the situation, where we are today, has been a long time for them – it started in August.

“I know that when you are a professional football player you want to win games, and when you win games you feel better. You can imagine that, when it’s been such a long time, the feelings among the players cannot be positive at all.

“Of course I rely on bringing some players to my team but I don’t expect too much [impact] from outside. I would like to think my current players to still believe we can win the next game.

“We were very close on a few of them over the Christmas period. I would like us to keep this period, and then I can bring in two or three players.”

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