Neil Warnock not worried about losing Aston Villa-linked Etheridge

Neil Warnock, Manager of Cardiff City acknowledges the fans following the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Cardiff City at St Mary's Stadium on February 9, 2019 in...

Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has been linked with Aston Villa.

Neil Warnock, Manager of Cardiff City acknowledges the fans following the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Cardiff City at St Mary's Stadium on February 9, 2019 in...

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock has told Wales Online that he isn't worried about losing goalkeeper Neil Etheridge to Aston Villa.

Villa are in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer, with Jed Steer seemingly viewed as not being a Premier League stopper, and Lovre Kalinic struggling since arriving in January.

A whole host of names have been linked with the club, from Jack Butland to Tom Heaton and even foreign options, and Etheridge is one other player linked.

Etheridge, 29, starred in the Premier League with Cardiff last season, racking up save after save as he fought valiantly to try and keep the Bluebirds in the top flight.

 

Sadly, he couldn't quite do that, and he finds himself back in the Championship again, which has sparked rumours about his future.

The Daily Mail reported in June that Villa offered £8million for Etheridge, which was rejected, and The Sun claimed just days ago that Villa are plotting to return for Etheridge after giving up on Butland.

Etheridge worked with Villa boss Dean Smith and Villa goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler at Walsall, meaining a reunion would certianly make sense at Villa Park.

Now, Cardiff boss Warnock has admitted that the club will listen to any offers for Etheridge or any other players for that matter, potentially opening the door for Villa to move in.

Cardiff City's English-born Filipino goalkeeper Neil Etheridge shouts and gestures during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Cardiff City at the...

Warnock added that he isn't really worried about Villa coming back in for Etheridge as he has two other quality keepers, and all the signs are there for Villa to land their man before next week's transfer deadline.

“As I've said before, we'll listen to anything,” said Warnock. “I've not heard anything and I don't think Neil has."

“Not really,” he added when asked if he was worried about Villa striking a deal. “I think we've got three great keepers. It wouldn't worry me playing any of three. Joe Day's had a fantastic pre-season, Smithies is as reliable as anything and Neil is what he is. So it wouldn't worry me if an offer came in for Neil, Smithies or whatever, because I'm very happy in that department. It's the other end of the field that I'm concerned with really,” he added.

Neil Etheridge of Cardiff City  during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Cardiff City at Craven Cottage on April 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

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