O'Neill supports Villa sales

24 February 2008 11:48
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill says he is more than content with the business his club has done in allowing four squad players to leave Villa Park in recent months. Villa have recouped around £15million for Luke Moore, Gary Cahill, Liam Ridgewell and Steven Davis since last summer and O'Neill feels that the club have done the right thing. He said: "There has not been a player here in normal circumstances that I would have wished to have pushed out of the door. "But there are only so many players you can play at any given time and players are going to be unhappy at not being in the side. "We have raised £15million from the sale of the four players, so time will tell how things pan out. "We have in most of the cases, if not all, a sell-on fee attached to the deals, so the club will get some sort of benefit if they go on and become massive players and are sold for very big money. "I don't sell players on the basis of being worried if people come back. I cannot sit and worry myself about players coming back to haunt me. "There is a stage which players reach where if they are not going to play regularly in your side, they want to play regularly in someone else's side. "All four players believe they are Premier League players and they wanted the opportunity."

Source: ESA