Tim Sherwood sheds light on Aston Villa's pursuit of former Leicester midfielder Esteban Cambiasso

The Villa boss has revealed that he held talks with the Argentine after he left the Foxes in the summer.

Former Leicester City midfielder Esteban Cambiasso could have been playing against his old club this weekend, Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told the Birmingham Mail.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s trip to Leicester, Sherwood revealed that he held talks with the 35-year-old Argentine in the summer about a move to Villa after he left the King Power Stadium at the end of his contract.

However, the club were forced to turn their attention to other midfield options in the end after the then-free agent stalled over a move, as Idrissa Gana and Jordan Veretout were both brought in from Ligue 1 instead for a combined total of around £17 million.

Asked about Cambiasso, who eventually joined Greek champions Olympiakos last month, Sherwood told the newspaper: “I spoke to him and he was a very nice guy, but he was unsure what he wanted to do and what direction he wanted to go,

“He didn’t know whether to stay here or go to the MLS or somewhere else. By the second time I spoke to him we had already moved in a different direction.”

 2014-15 Premier League PositionTeamGoalsAssistsTotal Key PassesPassing AccuracyTotal Tackles GAMEDuels Won GAMEDuel SuccessInterception GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Esteban Cambiasso MF Leicester 5 1 37 74% 2.26 4.35 53.78% 2.16 31 2,423

Cambiasso only spent one season at Leicester but he certainly made quite an impression during his brief time in the Midlands.

Joining the Foxes on a free transfer last August after his contract at Inter Milan expired, the former Champions League winner went on to win the club’s Player of the Year award for his role in their successful survival bid, as he scored five goals and created 37 chances in 31 games.

Both the since-departed Nigel Pearson and successor Claudio Ranieri had been hoping to persuade him to re-sign for at least another season but the fan favourite instead opted for a fresh challenge.

Along with Villa, Premier League rivals West Ham United were also reported to be keen on his signature [h/t Daily Mail] but, for whatever reason, the ex-Real Madrid star did not seem convinced that another English move was his best option.

He certainly could have been a nice addition to Sherwood’s squad with his hefty experience and timeless class but, with the claret and blue boss also committed to building a team for the future, the likes of Gana and Veretout seem like more practical additions – albeit ones who came at a much higher cost.

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