Aston Villa star fancies shot at Champions League football

Date published: Monday 6th April 2020 1:49 - Matthew Briggs

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Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba has given the green light to joining Turkish Super Liga club Trabzonspor, according to a report.

Turkish newspaper Fotomac claim that Trabzonspor are looking for a replacement for former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, who terminated his deal with the club last month due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“There is more to life than football,” said the 32-year-old before football in the country was suspended.

The report claims Nakamba, 26, is keen to move to table-toppers Trabzonspor to play Champions League football and would love to play in Europe’s top competition next season.

Villa signed Nakamba from Club Brugge for €12m last summer and he has made 26 appearances for Dean Smith’s side. He is under contract until June 2024.

In October Aston Villa said they were “disgusted and appalled” by social media footage which appeared to show fans “chanting a racist song” which makes reference to two of their first-team players.

A video following the 5-1 win at Norwich showed a group of Villa’s fans singing about Zimbabwean midfielder  Nakamba and one other player, with references to several racial stereotypes.

Villa said in a statement: “Aston Villa is disgusted and appalled by footage circulating on social media of supporters chanting a racist song which makes reference to two of our first-team players.

“The club wholly condemns the chant and urges other supporters to help us identify those responsible.”


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