Aston Villa are preparing themselves for life without talented youngster Carney Chukwuemeka in the coming seasons.
There has been interest in the youngster from elite clubs throughout Europe.
The 18-year-old teenager has a year left on his contract at Villa Park. However, he is facing an unresolved future at the East Midlands club. He had been left out of the club’s tour of Australia. Moreover, a deal for his contract extension has also not been reached yet.
Journalist and Villa correspondent Gregg Evans wrote on his official Twitter page:
“Carney Chukwuemeka has not travelled to Australia with the #AVFC group. His Villa future is now in serious doubt. Contract talks have been ongoing since October but no agreement. Barcelona, among other clubs, are interested.”
Moreover, in another report of The Athletic, the journalist writes that the teenager was supposed to join the Villa squad after completing his international duty. However, now he would stay back in England as there is increased interest from Catalan giants Barcelona.
Villa manager Steven Gerrard has also added to the mayhem by saying:
“Carney’s yet to sign a contract offer that’s been in place for some time now, so I’ve decided that the best thing for him would be to continue his training programme back at Bodymoor.”
Could Aston Villa lose out on a prospective talent for the future?
Though, Carney only could feature in 16 games for the senior Villa team. He was touted to be growing into an important player in the coming years.
Once he was even projected as ‘probably the best 16-year-old in England’ by club CEO Christian Purslow, a few years back. Moreover, he was expected to stay with the team and continue his development.
He has been successful in his international duty in recent years. In the recently concluded European Championship under Ian Foster’s U19 England team, Carney was impressive.
He had five goal contributions from the five games that he played.
Everything being said, the departure of Carney could mean a substantial blow for Gerrard’s side in the coming years.
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