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Aston Villa-linked ace deemed ‘one of the best players in the Bundesliga’ has asked to leave, says club chief

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Aston Villa-linked ace deemed ‘one of the best players in the Bundesliga’ has asked to leave, says club chief

Reported Aston Villa target Milot Rashica has “clearly” made it known that he wants to leave Werder Bremen and isn’t in the first-team plans next season, supervisory board chairman Marco Bode has told Weser Kurier.

According to German outlet Fehmarn24, the Villans are “ready to pay” €25million (£22.5million) – a fee that fellow suitors RB Leipzig aren’t willing to spend – to sign the 24-year-old attacker.

The Birmingham Mail, meanwhile, has written about Villa boss Dean Smith reportedly being a long-term admirer of Rashica.

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The Kosovo international played a key role in Bremen avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga at the end of last season, registering eight goals and seven assists in the 2019-20 league programme.

However, he hasn’t featured in two successive pre-season friendlies for his side and, speaking to Weser Kurier, Bode made it clear that the club is planning for life without him in the setup.

 

“Milot has clearly registered his desire to change (clubs) with us,” he said. “We are not naive. We take into account that Milot won’t play for us next year.”

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Rashica is a high-calibre player who has come such a long way since his £6.3million move from Vitesse two years ago, with an impressive 24 goals and 14 assists from 74 competitive appearances in all competitions for Bremen.

Earlier this year, the Bundesliga official website compared Rashica to “Arsenal-era Alexis Sanchez” and he has been described as “one of the best players in the Bundesliga” by teammate Theo Gebre Selassie, while coach Florian Kohfeldt says he “makes scoring look so easy”.

At £22.5million, an attacking player of Rashica’s quality, experience and age, not to mention plaudits sent his way, seems like a no-brainer, and Villa really ought to step up their interest.

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