Jores Okore set to stay at Aston Villa, says agent

Aston Villa's Jores Okore

The Danish defender's future at the club has been the subject of intense speculation since he fell out with former caretaker manager Eric Black towards the end of last season.

Aston Villa's Jores Okore

Jores Okore’s agent has revealed to Danish outlet bold.dk that his client is likely to stay at Aston Villa this summer despite attracting interest from other clubs.

Okore, 23, spent the final few weeks of last season training with Villa’s Under-21s after falling out with caretaker manager Eric Black ahead of April’s 2-1 defeat at home to Bournemouth.

According to Black, the Danish centre-back refused to be named on the bench after failing to make the starting XI and maintained that stance going into the following weekend’s 1-0 loss at Manchester United, leading to his axing from the first-team squad.

The eight-time capped international, who has just 12 months left on his contract, later admitted at the end of the campaign that his future at the club was up in the air following their relegation to the Championship and suggested that he could be set to move on.

Aston Villa's Jores Okore remonstrates with referee Kevin Friend

However, with Roberto Di Matteo taking over at Villa Park earlier this month, Okore’s agent Nikola Juric has revealed that the defender has since had a change of heart.

Di Matteo previously tried to sign the former FC Nordsjælland youngster while in charge of Chelsea before seeing him join Villa instead, and the pair have held positive talks since his appointment as manager.

There is interest from elsewhere in the Dane, but Juric has stressed that his client would now be prepared to turn down a move to be a part of Di Matteo’s claret and blue revolution.

Asked whether Okore is committed to helping Villa bounce straight back to the Premier League, Juric told bold.dk: “Of course. That is the idea... We have since had a small talk with the club and it was a positive conversation, relative to what has taken placed previously.

“Now is the scenario is so – that he is at Aston Villa [this season].”

On how much interest Okore is attracting from elsewhere, Juric added: “It’s there, in the highest degree, but the most interesting is Aston Villa. Di Matteo would of course have liked Jores when he was manager at Chelsea while Jores was in FC Nordsjælland. At that time we said no.”

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

Okore has shown a great deal of promise since joining Villa from Nordsjælland in June 2013, but a series of knee injuries have so far hampered his progress and limited him to just 46 total appearances for the club.

He has stood out as the team’s best centre-back when 100 percent fit, though, and would certainly be the favourite to partner new signing Tommy Elphick in the heart of the defence this coming season if he does remain at Villa Park.

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

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch