Report: Aston Villa defender Jores Okore set to join FC Copenhagen

Aston Villa's Jores Okore

The 24-year-old Danish centre-back reportedly flew back to his homeland on Friday night to undergo a medical with the Superliga champions.

Aston Villa's Jores Okore

Aston Villa defender Jores Okore is set to return to his native Denmark to join FC Copenhagen, according to The Sun.

Okore, 24, first arrived at Villa from FC Nordsjælland in June 2013 for a reported £4 million fee but has since been limited to just 47 total appearances for the club due to a series of knee injuries.

The Danish centre-back, who turned down Chelsea to make the move to the West Midlands, also ended last season training with the club’s under-21s after falling out with caretaker manager Eric Black ahead of April’s 2-1 loss to Bournemouth.

He allegedly refused to be named on the bench for the Cherries’ visit after being told by Black that he would not be starting the match and maintained that stance going into the following weekend's 1-0 defeat at Manchester United, prompting Villa’s interim boss to axe him from the first-team squad for the rest of the campaign.

His demotion came two months after he revealed in an interview with Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet that he believed he had not been given a fair chance to establish himself in the side when fit, while also admitting that he would have to consider his options if the club were relegated.

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

After holding positive talks with the incoming Roberto Di Matteo, it did seem like the eight-time capped international’s Villa career was set to be handed a lifeline, but he has so far featured in just one of the club’s opening five matches this season, when he scored an own goal in the shock 3-1 EFL Cup loss at Luton Town.

Speaking about Okore’s situation this week, Di Matteo told the Birmingham Mail: "He's training with us. There's competition now which I brought in because I think it's very important that we have that competition.

“We are looking to occupy most positions with two players because over 46 games you will need this squad. I am looking to reduce the squad, but you are looking to have about 20 outfield players."

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

However, if The Sun’s report is to be believed, Okore has made his last contribution in a Villa shirt.

The physical stopper, whose current contract expires next summer, reportedly flew back to Denmark on Friday night to undergo a medical at Copenhagen after Di Matteo agreed to let him leave B6 for a cut-price fee.

He has arguably been Villa’s best defender over the last few years when fully fit, but with captain Tommy Elphick, fellow new boy James Chester and even Nathan Baker now ahead of him in the centre-back pecking order, news of his potential departure should not come as a huge surprise.

Aston Villa's Jores Okore remonstrates with referee Kevin Friend

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