Remi Garde addresses questions about Gabby Agbonlahor's future at Aston Villa

Gabriel Agbonlahor

The 29-year-old striker has recently been linked with a move to Turkey after playing just one minute of football since Garde's appointment as Villa boss in November.

Gabby Agbonlahor is expected to stay at Aston Villa beyond Monday’s transfer deadline, manager Remi Garde has revealed.

Agbonlahor, 29, has seen just one minute of action since Garde replaced Tim Sherwood as Villa boss in November and has not made the bench for the past 10 games after the Frenchman admitted to a “disagreement” between the pair last month.

The long-serving striker has since been linked with a number of clubs, including Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion [h/t The Sun], and there have been suggestions that he could be allowed to leave the club on a free transfer this winter [h/t Birmingham Mail].

Most recently, reports claimed that he was set to join Turkish Super Lig side Kayserispor [h/t Daily Mail], but Garde now appears to have poured cold water on speculation of an imminent departure.

The pacey forward could even return to the squad for Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round clash with Manchester City after recovering from a series of niggling injuries, with his manager insisting that he has the chance to play an important role in the club’s relegation battle.

Asked at his pre-match press conference whether Agbonlahor would still be at the club next week, Garde told reporters: "I think so. When I arrived Gabby was injured and was not in the training sessions for a long time. The time I spent discovering the team and players he was not here.

“He has trained for the last week and seems to be better. If he's in the right mood and okay physically he could give us a lift with goals.

"Every player who's not playing is frustrated apart from 11 playing the game. You're a professional player, you want to start."

Agbonlahor signed a new four-year deal with Villa in 2014 and is the club’s longest-serving player by some distance, having made his first-team debut in 2006 after rising through the ranks.

The Birmingham-born front man has since netted 84 goals in 363 total appearances for his childhood club but has not found the back of the net since bagging a brace in a 4-0 win at Sunderland last March.

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