Bree joined Aston Villa from Ipswich Town in January 2017.

James Bree has been quoted TWTD as saying that he has “no regrets” over his move to Aston Villa in January 2017 from Barnsley, after joining Ipswich Town on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old has joined former Villa manager Paul Lambert at Portman Road as the two look to combine by helping Ipswich survive relegation from the Championship. They are 10 points adrift of safety.

Since joining Villa for a fee of £3million (EADT), Bree has played just 28 times in all competitions for the Championship side under Dean Smith and Steve Bruce.

The likes of Alan Hutton and Ahmed El Mohamady are ahead of Bree in the pecking order and that has seen the Wakefield-born defender decide to leave on loan – but he has stated he has no regrets about leaving the club.

“I have no regrets about going to Villa when I did. At the time I thought it was the right move for me and I back that decision 100 per cent,” Bree said. “It’s just about what I can do now and hopefully I can get some good games under my belt here.

“Then go back and push for a first team spot up there. I will look at the situation and evaluate it in the summer so we’ll see what happens then. I’d love to play there but if that doesn’t happen we’ll have to see what’s next for me.”

Bree has already made two Championship appearances for Ipswich, playing in losses to Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich – the latter being a heated east Anglian derby on Sunday.

Ipswich play host to Derby County at Portman Road on Wednesday night and Bree will be looking to impress as he eyes a return to Villa and breaking into the first team come the end of the season.

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