Report: Di Matteo tells long-serving Gabriel Agbonlahor he can leave, free transfer possible

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor

Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor could be on his way out of the club.

Aston Villa's Gabriel AgbonlahorAston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor

According to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa have told striker Gabriel Agbonlahor that he's free to leave the club this summer – and may be allowed to leave for nothing.

Birmingham-born Agbonlahor, 29, has been on the books at Villa Park since the age of eight, and having joined way back in 1994, the striker has given over 20 years to his hometown club.

Leicester City's Robert Huth in action with Aston Villa's Gabriel AgbonlahorLeicester City's Robert Huth in action with Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor

In his first five seasons, Agbonlahor hit 50 goals for Villa and was touted for England recognition, as his blistering pace on the shoulder of the last man made him a wanted man on the domestic and international stage.

The Guardian reported back in 2009 that Arsenal were looking at Agbonlahor, with Villa rating him at a whopping £17m back then – but fast forward to now, and it seems that the forward is available to any takers.

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor in action with Stoke's Xherdan ShaqiriAston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor in action with Stoke's Xherdan Shaqiri

The Daily Mail report that Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo has told Agbonlahor that he can leave the club before this month's transfer deadline, which would being and end to the forward's 22-year association with Villa.

It's stated that Villa are even considering giving Agbonlahor a free transfer to allow him to move on and find a new club, but it's unclear just who would want to take Agbonlahor giving his record in recent years.

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor scores their second goalAston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor scores against Norwich City

Agbonlahor scored just once in 18 games last terms, making it 11 goals in the last three seasons for Villa, and with Di Matteo adding Ross McCormack to the likes of Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew, it's clear that Agbonlahor no longer has a future at Villa Park.

The report adds that defender Joleon Lescott is also being allowed to leave, but a move to join Championship rivals Leeds United looks unlikely right now.

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