Joe Ledley responds when asked about Aston Villa targeting Chris Coleman

Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley isn't surprised that Aston Villa and Swansea City have been linked with Wales boss Chris Coleman.

Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley has told Sky Sports that he isn't shocked to see his Wales boss Chris Coleman being linked with Aston Villa and Swansea.

Coleman, 45, may have struggled in club management with the likes of Real Sociedad and Coventry City, but his stock has never been higher after working miracles with the Welsh national team.

The former Fulham boss has guided Wales to this summer's European Championships in France, having successfully harnessed the talents of players like Ashley Williams, Joe Allen, Aaron Ramsey and of course, Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.

However, ahead of Euro 2016, Coleman's long-term future as Wales boss is in some doubt. Coleman told BBC Sport just days ago that contract talks aren't progressing well, sparking speculation of him leaving his post and returning to club management in the near future.

The Sun claim that Aston Villa are keen on Coleman with their manager Remi Garde allegedly set to leave imminently, whilst Swansea City - Coleman's former and hometown club - are also being credited with an interest.

Now, Wales and Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley has been asked about the speculation surrounding interest from Villa and Swansea, and told Sky Sports that whilst he isn't at all surprised that teams are interest in Coleman, he hopes that a new contract can be sorted sooner rather than later. 

"He's going to be linked with clubs because what he's done for Wales, and this nation, is remarkable," said Ledley. "He's a fantastic manager and it doesn't surprise me [Coleman being linked with jobs]. But we want to keep him with Wales because this is the start of something new."

"I'm sure something will be sorted out sooner than later and the main thing is that he's here. We want him to be here for many years to come after what he's done for us and the whole nation. He's focused on this training camp and the build-up for the Euros. Hopefully he'll continue for many years to come, especially with good kids coming through," he added.

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