Jores Okore's agent blasts Aston Villa over defender's future, throws accusation at Randy Lerner

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Jaegerfeld Juric wants answers from the Premier League bottom club about what their plans are for the Danish centre-back.

The agent of Aston Villa defender Jores Okore, Jaegerfeld Juric, has hit out at the club over their lack of communication about the Dane's future at the club, and claimed that Randy Lerner has "thrown in the towel", as quoted by the Mirror.

Villa are on the verge of having their relegation to the Championship confirmed as their 4-0 home defeat to Chelsea, coupled with Norwich City's 3-2 win over Newcastle United, leaves them 15 points adrift of safety with only 18 points left to play for.

Okore, who joined Villa from Nordsjaelland in his native Denmark three years ago, has had an injury-plagued start to life in England, missing almost the entirety of his first season at Villa Park and not being fit to feature this season until December.

In spite of that persistent issue, which has restricted him to just 46 appearances since arriving with big billing as a potential star, Okore has shown promise during the occasions he has been able to string a run of appearances together.

However, with Villa certain to have something of a revolving door in operation during the summer transfer market as they prepare for life outside the Premier League, the 23-year-old's future is far from certain.

Juric revealed that he has tried to open discussions with Villa for two weeks but has had no response, and claimed that this has been the result of Lerner having simply given up on the club.

He said, as quoted by the Mirror: "I've never tried anything like it. It seems as though the owner has thrown the towel. It is simply so irresponsible that you cannot get hold of anyone who has responsibility.

"I have tried for 14 days to create a dialogue. Right now, we know not who manages the club and what they want with Jores in the longer term.

"No, we do not regret the choice of Aston Villa, for at that time it was under control. Manager Paul Lambert promised playing time, and it was the most important thing at the time. Jores also had an amazing time during Tim Sherwood last season."

Since returning from injury at the start of December, Okore has managed just 12 Premier League appearances this season, and he was an unused substitute in the club's first match after the departure of Remi Garde on Saturday.

Villa were soundly beaten by Chelsea for their 22nd defeat of the season in the league, and their relegation is likely to be confirmed at some point in the next few weeks.

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