Report: Jores Okore decides to stay and fight for Aston Villa place after turning down offers

Aston Villa's Jores Okore

The future of the Villa defender has been up in the air for weeks but it appears he has finally made a decision.

Aston Villa's Jores Okore

It appears as though the future of Aston Villa defender Jores Okore may finally have been resolved, with the Birmingham Mail reporting that the Danish international has decided to stay and fight for his place at the club in the Championship.

Whether or not Okore will be at Villa next season has been the subject of much debate after he managed just 14 appearances in all competitions last term as the club were relegated in ignominy.

The 23-year-old was frozen out under caretaker manager Eric Black following Remi Garde's sacking in March, and failed to play a single minute of competitive senior action in the final two months of the campaign.

Tottenham's Dele Alli in action with Aston Villa's Jores Okore

That led to increasing speculation that he would look for an escape route out of Villa Park this summer, and with several clubs thought to be interested many Villa fans had begun to resign themselves to losing the centre-back.

However, when he was asked last month about his future, Okore insisted that nothing would be decided until the club had appointed a new permanent manager to replace Garde.

Stoke's Ibrahim Afellay in action with Aston Villa's Jores Okore

Roberto Di Matteo was named as the club's new boss earlier this month, and it would seem as though that has been enough to convince Okore to give life in Birmingham another go.

The Birmingham Mail reports that the player has told friends that he is excited about being handed a clean slate by Di Matteo and has committed himself to Villa's pre-season plans despite offers on the table from European sides.

It adds that Okore has opportunities from German, Spanish, and Italian clubs, but that he now has no plans to move away and is instead focused purely on impressing Di Matteo when the Villa squad return to training next Wednesday.

Aston Villa's Jores Okore remonstrates with referee Kevin Friend

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