Tony Xia, Aston Villa’s Chairman, took to social media to confirm that he has faith in Villa’s current stopper, Gollini, therefore cooling down talks of a potential move for United’s Sam Johnstone.
Newly appointed Aston Villa boss, Steve Bruce, was believed to have been interested in Manchester United’s 23-year-old shot-stopper, Sam Johnstone. Reports also claimed that a move could have materialised as soon as January.
However, Aston Villa Chairman, Tony Xia, confirmed on Social Media that he would much rather have the club develop its current youngsters, rather than bring in talent from elsewhere.
Sam Johnstone was linked with a move to Aston Villa, despite recently signing a new 2-year contract extension with the Red Devils.
The 23-year-old is yet to make his professional debut with Manchester United, but he has been able to play matches away on loan – 82 to be precise, although none in the Premier League.
United boss Jose Mourinho spoke highly of Johnstone just after the player agreed to a contract extension. The Portuguese said:
“Sam is a goalkeeper with great potential. He is a very professional young man with a great attitude to the game. He has progressed immensely even during my short time at the club. I am delighted he has committed his future to Manchester United.”
Aston Villa’s current number one, Pierluigi Gollini, joined the club last summer and was initially sidelined under Roberto Di Matteo. However, with the arrival of Steve Bruce, Gollini seems to have found his rhythm, and a first-team spot looks inevitable.
Tony Xia expressed his thoughts about the young shot-stopper on Social Media. The Villa chairman wrote:
“Have to make it clear even didn’t talk to SB about this. But Y w’d rather not giving chances2our own young man but other club’s youngsters? The reason I have to say this? It’s unfair to @piergollo!”