Date: 18th May 2006 at 3:20pm
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Reports in the Sun today claim that Aston Villa have released utility player Ulises de la Cruz.

There is no mention of this on the official site or reports elsewhere but it does seem that the Ecuador international will be allowed to leave in the summer, along with many more as O’Leary looks to re-build following the disastrous season just gone.

Villa bought de la Cruz from Hibernian in 2002 for the princely sum of £1.5 million. Despite pleading to be allowed to leave in January David O’Leary insisted on keeping him and also said that the club had received no offers for the defender/winger. He made just four starts this season and had three sub appearances.

Reports elsewhere back up Vital Villa’s claim earlier in the week: Click Here that James Milner will enter into talks for a permanent move this week.


7 Replies to “Ulisis de la Cruz Released?”

  • Ulises is out of contract at the end of this season (presumably the 31st of May) and isnt being offered a new one. Therefore, he has effectively been ‘released’ but from the end of his official contract he wont be a Villa player thus he isnt being ‘releas

  • Put his wages towards someone else. ..Though I am expecting him to now play a blinder in the World Cup and sign for Barca.

    *back to dreamworld

  • Not in my opinion a huge loss. Never really impressed me wherever he played. In defence he was a complete liability. When going forward had pace, but never used it effectively. Not sure he was ever really of Premiership ability.

  • Did a good job when he played I thought and received some unfair criticism when being played out of position most of the time!

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