I feel ready to move to a bigger club, says Aston Villa defender Jores Okore

The 23-year-old Danish centre-back says he does not feel like he owes the club anything.

Aston Villa defender Jores Okore has admitted that he will have to consider his future with the claret and blues if they are relegated to the Championship this season and says he feels “ready to move to a bigger club”.

Speaking to Ekstra Bladet, the Danish centre-back expressed his desire to remain in the Premier League but also added that he would be open to overseas offers from Champions League teams.

He will have just 12 months left to run on his current contract come the summer, and while he has not completely ruled out staying at Villa if they ultimately fail to avoid the drop, he is annoyed that the club have so far failed to offer him an extension.

“Of course, you think about what will happen if you move down”, Okore told the Danish newspaper. “I feel ready to move to a bigger club and show my worth. I would prefer to stay in the Premier League but I weigh the Champions League higher, and if a club offers me an opportunity then I will listen.

"The club appear in no rush to extend my deal, so I’m an in no hurry either.”

Okore, 23, has made 43 total appearances for Villa since joining the club from Danish side FC Nordsjælland in June 2013 for around £4 million but has missed significant chunks of time due to persistent knee problems.

However, the youngster has been arguably the team’s best defender when fully fit and feels there have been times when he has been held back despite feeling 100 percent.

“I had to wait a long time whenever I was ready before I got the chance to prove that I was good enough,” said Okore. “It has annoyed me, so it probably evens things out. It is hard to say that I owe them anything, but I want to help this club to better times.

“Football is a team sport with individual interests. It would be fun to be in a club that plays at the other end [of the table]. I have done well, got used to the Premier League and then we will see if I have what it takes to a bigger club. That's what you want as a football player.”

Nevertheless, Okore did have high praise for the Villa fans amid the club’s ongoing struggles, adding: “I really like them. They support us through thick and thin. They are amazing. Conversely, they also like me.

“We have to believe [we can stay up], even if it seems harder and harder the more time passes.”

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