Aston Villa defender Frederic Guilbert has claimed he saw a loan move to Nantes fall through during the international transfer window, and suggested he has been lied to regarding game time.
The full-back was speaking on the We Are Malherbe podcast when he made the comments, which suggest all is not well with the player at Villa Park right now.
Guilbert had a decent first season with Villa in 2019/20.
He played the majority of games and became well liked by the fans, but lost his place in the side towards the end, with Dean Smith preferring Ezri Konsa at right-back.
His future became the subject of speculation a few weeks ago, with an exit reportedly on the cards.
Now, Guilbert has claimed he did in fact nearly leave.
He said on the podcast (quoted by the Birmingham Mail): “A move to FC Nantes fell through. It would have been a loan. Michel Audrain, who I knew in Caen, contacted me. I had the manager, Gourcuff, on the phone and he wanted to have me and everything but, after that, there was nothing from the club’s presidency.
On his return to Villa, he added: “At the moment, I don’t play at all. I was told that I was the third choice for the position, and it’s the manager’s choice that must be respected. I don’t think they were completely honest with me on all points of view going into (this) season.”
TBR’s View – A messy situation
It sounds as though £40,000-a-week star Guilbert (Spotrac) is in a complicated situation.
One would imagine he’ll be seen very little, if at all, over the next few months given that the club have now signed Matty Cash.
His comments on the podcast likely won’t have helped his cause if he did envisage getting back into Smith’s starting XI.