McLeish: ‘Downing is a top player’

Alex McLeish has stated that he will do all he can to retain the services of Stewart Downing.

The new Villa boss wants to prevent another key player from leaving the squad while Ashley Young looks Manchester-bound.

Kenny Dalglish has been keen to sign the player for Liverpool as his primary attacking target of the transfer window.

“No chance do we want Stewart Downing to go,” McLeish said. “We certainly don’t want to lose Stewart - he’s a top player.

“I need to see what Stewart’s thinking … because I know that he made some comments when he was away on England duty.”

The 26-year-old winger, who has two years remaining on his contract, stalled on signing a new deal last month, saying that he wants the chance to play Champions League football.

“I am 26 and at a major crossroads in my career so I won’t be committing to a new deal at the moment,” he said.

A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Read Next:
Villa pursue Strasbourg captain Damour
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

1Manchester CityMan City16151048113746
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd16112336112535
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs1684428141428
8Leicester CityLeicester166552322123
12Huddersfield TownHuddersfield165381126-1518
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton164571421-717
15Stoke CityStoke164481935-1616
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle164391625-915
17West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom162771222-1013
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham163491432-1813
19Swansea CitySwansea163310918-912
20Crystal Palace162591027-1711
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account