Remi Garde planning talks with Gabby Agbonlahor over Aston Villa future

The veteran striker has been linked with the likes of Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion and Greek Champions AEK Athens this month after falling out of favour since Garde's appointment as manager.

Gabby Agbonlahor’s Aston Villa future could become clearer shortly after manager Remi Garde revealed to the Birmingham Mail that he is set to hold talks with the long-serving striker about his position at the club.

Agbonlahor, 29, has earned just a one-minute substitute appearance in Garde’s first 10 games as Villa boss and has not made the first-team bench since the Frenchman admitted to a “disagreement” between the pair last month.

The club captain, whose current contract expires in 2018, is now believed to have been put up for sale along with fellow misfits Charles N’Zogbia, Philippe Senderos and Libor Kozak as Garde looks to free up funds and space in his squad for potential mid-season signings [h/t Sky Sports].

Reports have linked the former England international with a host of clubs in recent weeks, including Midlands neighbours West Bromwich Albion [h/t The Sun], while Greek champions AEK Athens are also said to be weighing up a double swoop for him and N’Zogbia [h/t].

The academy product is currently struggling with a minor back injury but Garde expects to discuss his future with him once he returns to full fitness, telling the Birmingham Mail: "I’ve got chance to do it yes, of course. I will see.”

2015-16 Premier League GoalsTotal ShotsShooting AccuracyBig Chances MissedAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Gabriel Agbonlahor 0 6 67% 1 2 10 78% 8 566

Asked whether there is a chance he could consider the Birmingham-born front man for selection again, Garde added: "Like every player under contract in this football club, like Charles N'Zogbia too, they have to be prepared to play.

"But I need to see that they are fully committed to the team, that they want to help the team and have the behaviour. Not only to say it, but to have the behaviour every minute, every time to show that they can help or want to help the team.

"Of course if this player has this behaviour they could be selected, yes."

Agbonlahor has netted 83 times in 362 total appearances for Villa since earning his first-team debut in March 2006 but has not reached double-digit goals in the Premier League since the 2009-10 season.

The pacey forward has also failed to score since bagging a brace in a 4-0 victory at Sunderland last March, while thigh, calf and now back problems have all sidelined him at various points since the second half of last term.

There still seems to be some interest in his signature in spite of his recent struggles, but it remains hard to envisage anyone paying good money to take him off Villa’s hands in the January transfer window given his lack of production.

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