Villa boss Gerrard wants to keep Man United loanee Tuanzebe 

Villa boss Gerrard wants to keep Man United loanee Tuanzebe 

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard has revealed he wants to keep Axel Tuanzebe after the on-loan defender was linked with a move to Napoli. 

Tuanzebe, who is on loan at Villa from United has attracted interest from Napoli amid his struggles at Villa Park. The England international, in his third loan stint at Villa, could be handed a start for Sunday’s trip to Brentford with Tyrone Mings banned with his future under the spotlight.

“It’s very much in Ax’s hands and Manchester United’s hands. We want him here, we would be delighted to keep him. We don’t just see it as a loan until the end of the season," said Gerrard. 

“It’s something we want to explore further than that. We just hope we’ve got that opportunity.

“He’s a player we like very much and we’d like him to stay until the end of the season at least. Axel is his own man and will want to make his own decision.

“He is obviously owned by Manchester United which we all need to respect. I hope he wants to be part of this. In terms of what he has given on a daily basis, his leadership and training levels have been really strong and he is pushing to play.”

The 24-year-old has played just eight minutes since Gerrard was appointed in November and started six Premier League games, all under former boss Dean Smith.

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