Date: 31st July 2018 at 5:30pm
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James Chester looks set to stay at the club with Stoke manager Gary Rowett all but giving up in his pursuit to sign our no.5.

The Potters have recently had a £10m offer turned down by us for the defender, but speaking to the Stoke Sentinel, it seems the former Derby boss has finally got the message that James is not for sale:

“He (Chester) is a player we would have liked to have signed, but Aston Villa want to keep their best players and they have been able to change their plans.”

Fans on Twitter are now hoping we can move on from this lengthy transfer saga:


The obvious turning point here was the arrival of Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens. If that £10m bid had arrived a few weeks ago, there could have been a different outcome, we’ll never though.

Luckily for us, Chester looks destined to wear the captain’s armband next season and will again be an integral first-team player under Steve Bruce. A report in the Daily Mail last week said that the 29-year-old could now be offered a new contract so let’s hope that comes to fruition.

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4 Replies to “‘Great Times Ahead’ – These Fans Are Delighted As Rivals Give Up On Signing Villa Talisman”

  • Nice to seethe new owners taking the mendes route, avoiding the usual SB signings
    of hit or miss bunt it on the payroll.The bye pass has hidden significant meaning,way
    beyond SB

  • I am glad Chester is staying, but I am not so sure Grealish will do likewise.

    There is some suggestion his head may have been turned by the prospect of playing in the Premiere League, which is quite likely. Added to that, the recent Villa statement to indicate our best players are not for sale looks to be a calculated piece of tactical positioning to force his fee upwards. An eleventh hour sale would not surprise me at all.

    With Hugill, Abraham and Powell being mentioned in dispatches, I cannot see inward movement of costly additions going through without some outgoings. To be honest, I am very disappointed Bruce has not shifted on anyone. I know he is most comfortable with a large player pool to dabble with until he finds a winning formula, but some responsible trimming of the squad has been essential, regardless of FFP, and we have been found to be sadly remiss.

    • The only player we’ve had a bid for apparently is Chester, so not sure its fair to blame anyone for not selling players. The only players people want to buy from us are our better ones, and these are exactly the ones we dont want to let go. I’m 100% sure they would love to offload the dead wood in the squad, but no one will pay for them.

  • stoke can’t afford our chezzy, they’ve never paid the value on a player, messi turned them down because his excessivedemands for oat cakes and a terrace in burslem. wouldn’t be met.

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