Remi Garde discusses the possibility of more Aston Villa departures

Rémi Garde

Five players have already left the club during the January transfer window, while Garde is yet to make his first signing in charge.

Aston Villa are unlikely to ship out any more players before Monday’s transfer deadline, manager Remi Garde has revealed.

Garde has already moved on five players during the January transfer window, with Tiago Ilori, Joe Cole, Joe Bennett, Jose Angel Crespo and Philippe Senderos all leaving the club this month, and there have been suggestions that the cull might not be over.

Scott Sinclair has recently been linked with a return to former side Swansea City [h/t Sky Sports], while the club are also believed to be desperate to offload the little-used Charles N’Zogbia and his reported £63,000-per-week wages [h/t The Mirror].

Gabby Agbonlahor’s Villa future has been the subject of plenty of speculation too after seeing just one minute of action since Garde replaced Tim Sherwood at the helm in November, but the Frenchman has now insisted that there is little chance of more departures.

Asked at his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup fourth round clash with Manchester City whether he was preparing to offload any more players, Garde said: “By Monday, I don’t think so. We have already had five players out, which was a wish from me because when you have too many players in the dressing room and the treatment room every week it’s not the best way to win games."

Pressed on whether any player in his squad had been the subject of interest, the ex-Lyon manager added: “No, I haven’t received any bids. By Monday it will be difficult to do these kinds of things.”

Meanwhile, Villa are the only club in the Premier League's bottom six not to have signed a single player during the winter transfer window, despite Garde presenting the board with a list of recommended targets.

The former Arsenal midfielder admits that he is frustrated over the lack of incomings at B6 so far this month but has refused to pin the blame on the men controlling the funds, acknowledging that their current predicament has made it hard to attract new recruits who could improve the squad.

"I'm not the kind of person to complain to put the pressure away from me or to put the responsibility away from me," he added at his press conference. "I'm not this kind of person. I will never be this person.

“I try to explain with my experience to the board and the club in which way we could improve the team, but I’m not the guy to decide how much money we should spend in this football club now – I can only recommend what would be nice.

"Financially speaking I'm not the guy who can say okay in the next three four years we need to do that financially. I have not got these skills.

I've got the skills to say okay if we can do that now it would be good for the team, but then after that I respect the decision."

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