Jores Okore's agent gives a positive update on the defender's Aston Villa future

Aston Villa's Jores Okore

The 23-year-old Dane, who was left out of the side during the final weeks of last season, has only 12 months remaining on his contract.

Tottenham's Dele Alli in action with Aston Villa's Jores Okore

Jores Okore’s agent has revealed to Danish outlet that his client could still have a future at Aston Villa after the appointment of new manager Roberto Di Matteo.

Okore, 23, spent the final few weeks of last season training with Villa’s Under-21s after falling out with caretaker boss Eric Black over his ongoing absence from the starting XI.

According to Black, the Danish defender refused to be named on the bench for April’s 2-1 loss to Bournemouth after failing to make the line-up for a second straight match, prompting the Scot to axe him from the first-team for the rest of the campaign.

The injury-prone centre-back previously revealed during an interview with Ekstra Bladet in February that he felt he had not been given a fair chance to establish himself in the side when fit, while also expressing his displeasure that the club had failed to offer him a contract extension with less than 18 months to run on his deal.

Talks over fresh terms have still not taken place four months later, and with the claret and blues now dropping down to the Championship, rumours have been rampant that the eight-time capped international’s spell in the Midlands could be set to come to an unceremonious end.

Aston Villa's Jores Okore remonstrates with referee Kevin Friend

However, agent Nikola Juric has dismissed suggestions that a summer departure is inevitable and insists that Okore is ready and willing to stay and help Villa try to make an immediate return to the top-flight now a new regime is in place.

“Jores is an Aston Villa player at the moment,” Juric told “There is a new manager with an exciting new setup, so it's not inconceivable that he will [stay].

“It takes some time to process between something old and something new, but something new is happening at the club and starting afresh again, and Jores is also ready.

“Jores is absolutely ready to give it another chance, and even if they are relegated to the Championship, it's still a great club.”

Stoke's Ibrahim Afellay in action with Aston Villa's Jores Okore

Okore has made 46 total appearances for Villa since joining the club from Danish side FC Nordsjælland in June 2013, scoring once, but he has been forced to spend extended time on the sidelines due to persistent knee injuries.

Nevertheless, he has arguably been the club’s best defender when fully fit and could certainly be key to their promotion push next season if Di Matteo can keep him in B6.

Aston Villa's Jores Okore

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