O'Neill admits Gardner could leave

04 January 2010 09:17
The 23-year-old has found first-team football hard to come by at Villa Park this season as the likes of James Milner, Ashley Young and Stiliyan Petrov have excelled.

O'Neill is desperate to keep a large squad to help the pursuit of a place in the Champions League.

But Midlands rivals Wolves and Blues want to sign Gardner, and O'Neill acknowledges the lure of regular football.

The Villa boss said in the Daily Mirror: "In an ideal world I would like him to stay, but players like to play."

Aston Villa 11/8, Wigan 2/1, Draw 9/4  

Source: Team_Talk