Clement Lenglet makes transfer admission ahead of Aston Villa decision

Clement Lenglet of Aston Villa
Clement Lenglet might've left Aston Villa in January -Credit:Aston Villa FC via Getty Images

Clement Lenglet has revealed that he had contact from clubs elsewhere in January as his Aston Villa loan hung in the balance. Centre half Lenglet signed late in the summer transfer window as cover for the stricken Tyrone Mings, who suffered a season-ending injury at Newcastle United on the opening day of the season.

Lenglet, borrowed from Barcelona, had to bide his time in the first half of the season because of the form of Pau Torres, Ezri Konsa and Diego Carlos. The lack of football led to questions being raised over whether Lenglet might remain at Villa Park for the duration of his loan or if a mid-season switch could be on the cards.

Before Christmas, because of injuries to teammates, Lenglet was granted his opportunity and he took his chance in the starting XI. It was decided that the Frenchman would stay put after circumstances dictated that he was permitted a run in the first-team. Lenglet, though, has now admitted that he had interest from elsewhere in January.

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"I arrived on the last day of the transfer market and I had an injury after a week which kept me out for ten," he told Gianluca Di Marzio. "At the time, the team was playing well and so it was not the time for Unai Emery to change: I understand that and I accept it. Unfortunately, Pau Torres got injured and so it was my time to play.

“I wasn't playing regularly so I wanted to find a solution. My priority was to play and at that time it was not possible, so there were contacts with other clubs. Then I started playing and plans changed. But Serie A is a championship that I love."

Needless to say, Lenglet is a fan of Emery and has been left impressed having spent the year working under him.

“The fact that Emery called me was important in accepting the offer," he added. "He is very competitive and has great experience. He built a great project last year and we follow it every day. The club is very happy with his work: he is one of the best in the world.

"Competing in the Premier League is never easy: when he arrived here, Aston Villa were in sixteenth position, now we are fighting to get to the Champions League. His impact has been magnificent."

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