Aston Villa would be foolish to let Mitchell Clark leave, Newcastle reportedly keen

Mitchell Clark of Aston Villa in action during an Aston Villa training session at the club's training camp on July 11, 2018 in Faro, Portugal.

Mitchell Clark is currently on loan at Port Vale from Aston Villa.

Mitchell Clark of Port Vale moves forward with the ball away from Sam Hoskins of Northampton Town during the Sky Bet League Two match between Port Vale and Northampton Town at Vale Park on...

Dean Smith got off to an excellent start as Aston Villa manager on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Swansea City, but his attention has to quickly turn to the future of one of his young stars.

Clark, 19, has impressed on loan at Vale and he has since gained interest from multiple Premier League clubs, with his future at Villa Park in doubt.

West Ham United and Newcastle United are interested in versatile defender Clark, according to The Sunday Mirror (print edition, page 67, October 21, 2018). It is believed both clubs are watching the teenager.

 

Clark has a contract at Villa until the end of the season and although he will be allowed to leave the Midlands outfit on a free transfer at the end of the season, compensation will be required as he is under 23 years of age.

But with his deal expiring, his future remains in doubt and a move to either Newcastle or West Ham will surely be tempting for Clark, who has shown he can play anywhere in defence.

Mitchell Clark of Aston Villa during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Burton Albion and Aston Villa at the Pirelli Stadium on July 21, 2018 in Burton, England.

Clark has starred for Vale and already has appearances for Villa under his belt despite only being 19. Letting him go, then, would surely be a mistake by Smith.

The former Brentford boss simply has to offer him a new long-term deal and tie his future to the club for the foreseeable future, rather than letting Newcastle or West Ham have the chance of landing him.

Mitchell Clark of Aston Villa during the Pre-season friendly between AFC Telford United and Aston Villa at New Bucks Head Stadium on July 14, 2018 in Telford, England.

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