Remi Garde gives update on Charles N'Zogbia's situation at Aston Villa

Charles N'Zogbia

The 29-year-old playmaker looks set to stay at Villa beyond Monday's transfer deadline and spend the final five months of his contract training with the Under-21s.

Charles N’Zogbia has opted to see out the final five months of his Aston Villa contract rather than seek a mid-season move, manager Remi Garde has revealed to the Birmingham Mail.

N’Zogbia, 29, was widely expected to leave Villa last summer after being deemed expendable by former boss Tim Sherwood, but his reported £65,000-per-week wages proved a major stumbling block in the club's efforts to offload him.

The French playmaker subsequently failed to see any playing time over the first few months of the campaign until being handed a chance to revive his claret and blue career following Garde’s appointment as Sherwood's successor in November.

However, he made just two uninspiring substitute appearances before axed from the first-team squad again for a perceived lack of commitment, with Garde suggesting that the former Newcastle United man “could have given more" during the opening weeks of his reign.

Villa have reportedly been trying to cancel his contract by mutual consent during the January transfer window in order to free up space for new recruits [h/t The Mirror], but the polarising midfielder is more than content to remain in the Midlands until the summer.

Asked about N’Zogbia’s situation, Garde told the Birmingham Mail: “I think he has chosen to stay, yes. I don’t want to speak too much about that. If you remember I gave you the reason once already.

“I was not happy about the attitude Charles had, but I don’t want to speak too much about that because maybe it was a long story for Charles in this football club and I came only at the end. He’s training with the under-21s.”

N’Zogbia was originally signed by Alex McLeish from Wigan Athletic in July 2011 for around £9.5 million but has failed to live up to his price tag during his five seasons at Villa, recording just five goals and 17 assists in 93 total appearances.

A former member of Paul Lambert’s infamous “bomb squad”, the one-time capped international missed the entire 2013-14 campaign with a ruptured Achilles and holds the notorious record of falling foul of three successive managers.

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