Jonathan Kodjia has been at Aston Villa for three years, but will he still be at the club by the time the European transfer window shuts?
Dean Smith has made it clear that Aston Villa ‘don’t welcome any offers’ for their striker Jonathan Kodjia with the European transfer window still open.
As reported by the Birmingham Mail, there has been speculation regarding Kodjia’s future at the club with the striker still able to move abroad with the transfer window still open outside of England.
But ahead of Villa’s opening home clash against Bournemouth on Saturday, the question was raised in regards to Kodjia’s future and Smith only had one simple answer.
“We don’t welcome any offers. We’re happy with him,” Smith told Villa’s official YouTube account.
It would be pretty daft from Villa’s part if they were to let Kodjia go now because the club are short in the attacking department and losing someone like Kodjia would be costly.
The Ivory Coast international can play either on the flanks or play up front if need be, plus his experience of playing on the international stage will become useful to Smith’s side.
Kodia initially joined Villa in 2016 from Bristol City for a then starting fee of £11 million [BBC Sport], as he netted 19 goals in his first season at the club.
Whilst he hasn’t been able to replicate that form, injuries and Tammy Abraham’s form in the Championship last season stopped him from making his mark on the team again.