New Aston Villa boss Remi Garde insists he’s ready to give Charles N’Zogbia the chance to prove himself at the club – but won’t pick anyone based on their nationality.
Former Arsenal midfielder Garde made six changes for his first match in charge in Sunday’s battling 0-0 draw against Manchester City as he immediately stamped his authority on the team.
The likes of Jordan Ayew, Jordan Veretout and Jordan Amavi were all handed recalls, while another fellow Frenchman, N’Zogbia, got a chance from the bench, with the midfielder playing for the first time this season.
The 49-year-old wants unity in the dressing room and has played down the influence of Villa’s French imports after their summer arrival and said he would not pick anyone based on nationality.
“Yes but they are not back because they are French or I knew them,” Garde said. “In a fortnight it can be a different team. They did well but the team did well. I think the spirit they are starting to show all together is better than I saw previously.
“I think Charles is an interesting player. He was quite okay in the training sessions and I thought he could be useful for the team. That’s it.”
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