Date: 27th July 2018 at 5:30pm
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James Chester is prepared to snub Stoke City’s interest and stay at Villa Park, according to the Press Association journalist Nick Mashiter.

The news backs up a report by Daily Mail columnist Simon Jones who believes that the club won’t sell the Welsh international at any price after turning down a £10m bid from Stoke.

Fans on Twitter are now hoping that the 29-year-old will stay at the club:


It looks like Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens are looking to make a real statement here by keeping Chester. The Mail believe that they will look to offer our no.5 a new contract as well.

The centre-back currently has two years left on his current deal, and with the player keen to stay, and the club reportedly keen to keep him, it is looking increasingly likely that he’ll remain at the club to captain the side next season.

Things are certainly looking a lot more positive than they did even 10 days ago.

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10 Replies to “‘Massive Statement’ – 9 Things Villa Fans Are Saying About Talisman’s Decision To Snub Transfer Interest”

  • Of all the potential exports that were earmarked for sale, Chester was the one key player we really could not afford to lose – and I include Grealish in that judgement.

    Most successful sides are built from the back and through the, so-called, spine. Bruce, as an old style manager, would certainly follow that line of thinking, so I am sure he would back Chester’s retention.

    Clearly, we don’t want to lose any of our big guns, but some will have to be sacrificed. Hanging on to Chester, in an area where we are clearly threadbare, makes complete sense. In reality, we can afford to lose some central midfield options and the odd forward or two if necessary, even if it is undesirable.

    Whether a new keeper was really needed, I am not so sure, but Bruce always seems to focus in on this position. However, the addition of Moreira is hardly an endorsement of Steer. Even if Bruce intends for the new incumbent to battle with the ex-Norwich man for the position between the sticks, where does that leave Bunn? Does he move on to WBA now?

    I would have thought Sarkic is certainly more than able to perform the no. 3 goalkeeper role.

  • Serves Stoke right for trying to take the P with a £5M offer. If they had come in at a sensible price a couple of weeks ago they would probably have got their man. Could definitely do with another CB to play alongside him though, I’m still not convinced Elphick is good enough and he does seem to pick up a few injuries.

  • I’m confused on ffp. Could someone explain. I thought in 3 years you can’t have over 45 mil losses, and we are way over that, so by 2019 March. We need to show sales of around 40 mil to fall under the bracket. Hence may not be a choice of who we would like to keep.

    • I dont think anyone is 100% on the rule, but I’m not sure our losses are as big as some of the media have been reporting. It seems the journos take a number they’ve been told, double it and add another £10m on top.

  • What confuses me is when people start saying we bought him for around 10 so selling him won’t affect ffp. I though it was basic income over expenditure. Simple.

  • Albi, we bought him for £8m ish, if we sell him for £10m, allowing for amortisation of the player, maybe he’s now £6m ish. So (this is boring isn’t it?!) I think only that £4m would go towards the FFP

  • If we sold McCormack for 2 mil. We bought him for 12 mil. Amortization he worth 9 mil. So would 7 mil go to ffp

  • The latest reports suggest Bruce has been told he doesn’t have to sell anyone – assuming he has understood his new masters correctly.

    This suggests to me that we will either:

    a) take stock in January and try to remedy FFP then, or
    b) we will stick our fingers up at FFP and take the rap


    we are just testing Levy’s conviction and resolve in his attempt to capture our floppy headed maestro.

    If it is a bit of gamesmanship, do we have enough interest from elsewhere to really push Spurs? Is Grealish the only affordable option the Londoners have listed?

    Of course, Chester’s retention my be the proof that Bruce’s comments do hold water and our bigger prized heads will be staying put. His comments do not quite rule out player movement if a real good offer is made though.

    One thing is for sure, if the gaffer does have all his current crop available for the new season, it is reasonable to suggest he should be aiming for the play offs as a minimum. Anything less is not acceptable, given the cost and the size of squad assembled.

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