Aston Villa star Ahmed Elmohamady has claimed he could have left the club last transfer window, but the club refused to let him go.
The Egyptian international has seen his play time dimish significantly in recent times, with Frederic Guilbert and most recently Matty Cash becoming Villa players.
Elmohamady has made a couple of Premier League substitute appearances in 2020/21, but featured more prominently in the EFL Cup, making three starts and captaining the side twice.
It seems Dean Smith does still have use for the veteran, who says he did have offers to leave Villa Park in the summer.
He told former Egypt striker Mido during an interview on his tv show on Al-Nahar (quoted by King Fut): “I had offers at the start of the season but Aston Villa refused to let me go.
“I also refused because I wanted to stay with the team.
“Aston Villa is a historic team in England and I’m happy to be part of this club, I feel like I’m at the right place.
“And whether I play or not fully depends on the coaching staff but I know it will come with time and effort.
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With Cash firmly established as the number one right-back at Villa Park, Elmohamady is definitely now a bit-part player.
But he can still come in handy, as he’s demonstrated in the EFL Cup.
There is probably not too much point selling a player of his age in January, so Villa should just keep hold of the £25,000-a-week star (Spotrac) until his contract expires next summer.