Controversial former Aston Villa star Alpay expresses his sadness at club's demise

The former Turkish international was a controversial figure at Villa Park.

Aston Villa’s plight has been painful and long-winded this season. The club will finish the season bottom of the Premier League and relegated to the Championship, players are making more headlines for their antics off the pitch, two managers have been and gone this campaign and behind the scenes the club appears to be directionless.

So there is no wonder several former Aston Villa players have been expressing their sorrow at the demise of their former team – including former Villa defender Alpay Ozalan.

He told Sporx recently of his sadness at the demise of his former team:

“I was the first Turkish player to join a Premier League when I joined Aston Villa.

“I am very sad to hear that Aston Villa have been relegated.

“Villa were a side which consistently challenged for the top five, it is disheartening to see them in this situation.”

Alpay was of course a controversial figure at Villa.

Undoubtedly he was an excellent defender and joined the club after catching the eye at Euro 2000.

He then went on to thrive for Turkey at the 2002 World Cup but his time at Villa was marred in controversy and after coming to blows with national hero David Beckham in international duty the Turkish international was released by the club in October 2003.

Now retired it seems that the player still holds a torch for his former club and appears to be just as frustrated about their demise as any other former player.

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