Darren Ferguson wants Aston Villa midfielder

Trinity Road Stand - Aston Villa

Darren Ferguson wants the Aston Villa youngster at Doncaster.

West Brom's Ryan Pace (R) and Aston Villa's Riccardo Calder in action

Quoted by The Star, Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson has revealed that he wants to re-sign Aston Villa midfielder Riccardo Calder this summer.

The 20-year-old enjoyed a two-month loan at Doncaster last season and Ferguson claims that he wants him back - and says the feeling is mutual.

“We’re going to try to get a player in on loan and if we can, Riccardo Calder will probably be the one,” Ferguson said via The Star.

“He knows what we’re all about and I think he’s keen on coming back to us. We’ll have to wait and see on that one."

New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conference

It remains to be seen how highly Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo rates him but a good pre-season might yet see Calder retained.

With Villa in the Championship, the standard is naturally lower than the Premier League. He was loaned out last season, in March, but there was never going to be room for him in the first team at the time.

But a couple of Aston Villa youngsters did get chances last season, including the likes of Kevin Toner and Jordan Lyden - the latter of whom is four days younger than Calder.

Aston Villa's Jordan Lyden

But with that being said, there is arguably less room for Aston Villa to use young players next season.

Di Matteo will be judged on whether he wins promotion or not, and the best way to achieve that is, unfortunately, by using established footballers.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo and new owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

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