Date: 29th July 2018 at 10:00am
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Manager Steve Bruce was delighted to see Aston Villa end their pre-season game schedule with victory over Dynamo Dresden on Saturday afternoon.

A brace of goals from youngster Andre Green saw us battle back from behind following goalkeeper Jed Steer’s first half oversight, and at the end of 90 minutes we’d secured a 2-1 victory.

Having dealt with the game elsewhere and various other bits, I thought Bruce’s words after the game deserved their own piece so nobody missed it.

“The one thing that the pair of them have said is that nobody is for sale.”

Now, we all know there is a Financial Fair Play hole – the only thing nobody is sure on is how much of a hole we have as the media lurch from one catastrophic headline claim to the next. We also know there are means and ways of solving that hole in a way that doesn’t mean we have to instantly lurch to quickfire transfers – if we show a bit of intelligence and don’t panic.

Bruce’s words also don’t mean there won’t be sales, it simply sends the message that following our takeover under Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens we have choices now and don’t need to hock the family silver simply to temporarily solve cash flow issues.

But it’s a strong statement to make with regards to Jack Grealish, James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia in particular given Bruce’s earlier interviews where he confirmed Dr Tony Xia’s words that you’d see us at car boot sales and local markets as we tried to keep the lights on.

“The one thing that the pair of them have said is that nobody is for sale. That’s music to my ears. We don’t want to lose our best players. We all know in football that unfortunately these things happen. But we will now be doing our utmost to make sure these things do not happen and not let them go anywhere. The new owners coming in has helped. Let’s just hope the new owners can help get Villa back to where they should be. It’s going to take time but hopefully we can now look forward.”

Bruce also confirmed that a striker was the priority given our frontline have all gone under this pre-season with injuries and it was suggested that travelling fans to Dresden saw linked goalkeeper Andre Moreira amongst the group at the game.

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15 Replies to “Nobody Is For Sale – Music To My Ears – Bruce Discusses Player Sales”

  • You just hope that young Jack’s head has not been turned.

    The press reports can be fanciful, but from being a staunch Villa man, there appeared to be a few suggestions filtering through that he was warming to idea of teaming up with Dele and fiends.

  • Memo to SB, forGodsake utilise those kids fromthe academy, up the pace and vitality.
    Stop relying on Grealish as the main key in midfield, call Allthe other mid players, especially
    Langsbury who has the potential but never uses it. This backing is also a warning, deliver or else.
    No more Dads army mercenaries, get Richards, Mcgate out ASAP

  • I must agree with Laudrup.

    Bruce is on his third attempt to push us up and I don’t see him being given a fourth opportunity.

    With the money spent by him and RDM, we shouldn’t have needed to fund an extra group of loanees last January to try and patch things up. That fact we did suggests we had previously spent poorly and many of the ‘misses’ were Brucie’s own buys.

    Let’s hope he makes a better first of it this time around.

  • Seems to me that the idea that two £bnaires will ‘panic’ at what for them is a trifling amount on FFP is fanciful. These guys have real standing and will think everything through in a calm and calculated way. 5 days to do due diligence, says it all, me thinks. We may not get tweets from the top in future (did we ask for them?) but we will know that there are two strong hands on the tiller of the good ship AVFC.
    SB will also know this is his last chance saloon. And yes we have some good young players to ‘bleed into the system’. But we are also a couple of players short IMHO. Another centre half is also a must. And as for reports that we will be tempted into selling Chester by being offered Charlie Adam… really? We were Dad’s Army last year and what problem does Adam solve? I hope the joke media will get the message that serious professionals are now in charge.

    • 100% agree, met them, they were exactly that, thoughtful and calm. Obviously we’ve been disappointed before so people need to keep an open mind but their track record fills me with optimism.

  • Grealish is gone. Miracle if he stays. We playing the get the best price game. Ffp has to be met. Grealish is only player we have that could go a long way sorting that out. Anyway a new Greene has come good. It’s all good news, cause the futures bright.

  • Bit harsh to say he is on his 3rd attempt. We were a shambles when he took over from RDM and was more about steadying the ship to avoid another relegation battle that year. Still think we need a couple of additions to have a real go at promotion this time around, a striker due to current injuries and also a CB are the 2 obvious ones.

  • Perhaps I was a tad harsh, but I doubt Bruce will get more than one more go.

    The loan route looks the likely avenue in terms of any new additions. A deal to work Snodgrass back in looks to be on again, although Pellegrini has apparently liked his performances at West Ham during the pre-season. However, with Antonio, Yarmolenko and Filipe Anderson to fight it out on the flanks, maybe he would be willing to let the Scot switch across again.

    I would go along with the thought of a CB partner for Chester, although Bruce seems to be having a dalliance with Jedinak again. I am not sure he is mobile enough.

    If a new defender does come in, does Bruce try an move Elphick on? By all accounts, Paul Clement would only bring in a loan signing at Reading now if Darren Moore does move to Brighton.

    You would have thought we have enough strikers, but injuries and McCormack’s excommunication does leave us thin – an ideal situation for another loan.

    Despite the no player for sale announcement, I still hope we try to shift a few non-key players out, especially in central midfield, where we have loads of options.

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