The long-serving striker has met with Xia and manager Roberto Di Matteo to discuss his future at the club after failing to feature in the first two games of the season.
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has offered an update on the future of Gabby Agbonlahor, revealing on Twitter that the club will look to give the out-of-favour striker the chance to prove his worth with a loan spell.
The Daily Mirrorrecently reported that the 29-year-old could be released by the club in the coming weeks after being told that he does not feature in new boss Roberto Di Matteo’s plans, but Xia has since explained that there could still be a chance for him to revive his Villa career.
The Birmingham-born forward held crunch talks with management about his situation on Friday and could now be set for a temporary stint away from Villa Park to give him the opportunity to play regularly and show that he deserves a fresh start in B6.
Today Gabby asked to talk to me and RDM together.We've offered the best solution to him&club let him think about it https://t.co/7k8xAUfbbQ— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 12, 2016
We'll find a club loan him playing for one season 2 see whether he really can be fully fit&then back playing for us. https://t.co/vR93MFCVUb— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 12, 2016
Gabby realized he did wrong things4past years &working hard trying to fit but surely can't catch up games now. https://t.co/jssaOTIIYn— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 12, 2016
Agbonlahor endured a terrible 2015-16 season with his childhood club, scoring just once in 18 total appearances before being forced to train with the Under-21s for the closing weeks of the campaign following a string of controversial incidents.
The former academy graduate, whose Villa contract expires in 2018, was initially dropped from the first-team for April’s 4-0 home defeat to Chelsea while the club conducted an internal investigation into his conduct during a trip to Dubai, before he was put on a personal fitness programme later that month after caretaker manager Eric Black revealed that he was “not at the level to contribute”.
Only a few days later, though, he was reportedly pictured out partying on the same night the West Midlands outfit were relegated from the Premier League with a 1-0 loss at Manchester United, leading him to resign as club captain following a three-week club suspension.
Having seemingly burned all his bridges at Villa by that stage, many supporters had assumed that the ex-England international had made his last appearance in a claret and blue shirt, but it now remains to be seen how things will develop during the closing stages of the summer transfer window.