No Villa move for Cheyrou

10 June 2009 04:14
Marseille midfielder Benoit Cheyrou is unaware of Aston Villa's reported interest in acquiring his services. The 28-year-old was rumoured to be wanted by Villa boss Martin O'Neill as a replacement for Gareth Barry who completed his transfer to Manchester City last week. Marseille boss Didier Deschamps is keen to keep Cheyrou, who said: "My contract with Marseille runs until June 2011 so, after a difficult season, I am currently a Marseillais. "I want to relax, I have no contacts so far with any club." The former Lille and Auxerre midfielder has spent the last two seasons with Marseille, finding they net seven times in 89 first-team appearances for the club. Meanwhile, central defender Curtis Davies has not given up hope of being involved in England's World Cup campaign in South Africa next summer. The 24-year-old centre-half has been on the fringes of the England squad for the last 15 months but is still to make his international debut. He admitted: "I have to break in next year because my aim is to be part of the squad for the World Cup. I'm not going to deny that fact. "I'd love to be there so, if I'm going to break through next season, I need to do it early to make sure I'm in the manager's mind. "Obviously there's some strong competition so I need to start the season flying again. "Everyone dreams of playing for their country, particularly in a World Cup. If I could be involved in the squad, first and foremost, or play in any of the games, it would be a dream come true."

Source: ESA