Idrissa Gana admits what motivates him for success at Aston Villa

The midfielder says the vociferous support of the club's fans inspires him, and maintains that the Villans can still avoid the drop.

Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gana has praised the support of the fans despite the club's on-field struggles and insists that Remi Garde's side can still avoid relegation, according to quotes in the Birmingham Mail.

Villa are seven points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League table, eight from safety, after winning just three league matches all season, and they suffered their worst defeat of the campaign in the 6-0 thrashing by Liverpool at Villa Park on Sunday.

However, the Senegalese midfielder is remaining optimistic despite the situation, and hailed the unwavering faith of the club's supporters.

He said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail: "The fans have given me a lot of strength - they give us all lots of energy and positive vibes. They have given me so much support since I arrived, which is great.

"We still believe we have a chance of surviving. It is a big challenge but we have to do our best to stay in the Premier League."

Gana has been one of Villa's most consistent performers in recent weeks since arriving from French side Lille in the summer, winning more tackles per game on average than anyone else in the squad, according to WhoScored.

The 26-year-old has started all but three of the club's Premier League matches this season, scoring one goal in 26 appearances in all competitions.

Villa do not play again until 27 February, when they travel to the Britannia to face Stoke City.

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