Jose Mourinho comments on Axel Tuanzebe amid Aston Villa speculation

General view of the outside of the ground during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on April 23, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa reportedly want to sign Axel Tuanzebe on loan from Manchester United in the January transfer window.

Axel Tuanzebe (R) and Kieran Dowell (L) of England U21's during a training session at St Georges Park on November 8, 2017 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

Aston Villa are interested in signing Axel Tuanzebe from Manchester United in the January transfer window, according to The Mirror.

It has been reported that Championship club Villa want to sign Tuanzebe from Premier League side United on loan for the rest of the season.

The Villans have reportedly made an enquiry about the 20-year-old defender and are growing anxious that a loan deal may not have happen before the end of the January transfer window.

Axel Tuanzebe of United in action during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Swansea City and Manchester United at Liberty Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he is open to sending the England Under-21 international out on loan this month.

The former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss, though, has suggested that he will wait until the end of the month to make his decision.

Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks on after the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and Derby County at Old Trafford on January 5, 2018 in Manchester,...

Mourinho told The Manchester Evening News: "Tuanzebe's a very good player that is not having lots of possibilities to play here. But he's our player and will be our player, no chance we give up on such a talented boy.

"But it is something we are thinking about, a loan until the end of the season. We are a bit afraid of injuries, a bit afraid of needing him, we have Eric Bailly injured, we are not free of other injuries, so we are delaying the decision and we are going to delay until the end of the transfer window.

"If we have a decision at the end of the month and feel Eric Bailly is close to being back, then probably will be good for Axel to go on a loan and be back next season, because he's a player we like very much."

Villa do need a defender this month, and it is great that manager Steve Bruce has started making plans.

However, the Villans cannot put all their eggs in one basket and have to start looking at options other than United defender Tuanzebe in case Mourinho decides to keep him at Old Trafford.

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