The Villa utility man insists that the club's disastrous season is "the most horrible thing" a player can go through.
Aston Villa utility player Leandro Bacuna has insisted that the players care desperately about the club's plight and claimed that a situation such as this is "the most horrible thing" a footballer can go through, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
Villa lost 4-0 at home to Chelsea on Saturday to drop to 15 points adrift of safety with only six matches and 18 points left to play for this season, leaving them on the brink of a first relegation in nearly 30 years after an atrocious season at Villa Park.
Bacuna was booed and jeered by home fans after coming on as a substitute in the defeat, a reaction to comments he made last week about his own personal ambitions, which were taken as insensitive to the club's desperate situation by supporters.
However, the Dutchman insisted that the players have been deeply affected by what has happened to the club and said that they are doing everything to show how much they care.
The 24-year-old said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail: "We’ve had a tough time. Now we need to go out there - every player in the dressing room - and fight for ourselves, for the club, and the fans and show that we love the club and want to fight for it.
"This is a massive club with great supporters so we need to show what we’ve got. It’s been a struggle this season and it doesn’t make you happy.
"People might think as we players we don’t care, but it’s the most horrible thing for any player to go through. We just want to play for our own personal pride and club’s pride and show we can do it."
Bacuna, who has scored seven goals in 93 appearances for Villa since joining from Groningen in 2013, only signed a new long-term deal at the start of the season, but appears to harbour no desire to follow the club into the Championship.
He is one of a number of players who have been accused by the supporters of showing a lack of sensitivity to the club's situation during the campaign, and it remains to be seen whether he will be offloaded during the summer transfer window.