Aston Villa are not keen on letting midfielder Douglas Luiz go this summer, says Express & Star journalist Luke Hatfield.
Manchester City did have an option to buy back their former player but did not take it up, leaving Villa seemingly in the clear.
However, Luiz has since been linked with a move to AS Roma, while ex-Napoli coach Gianni Di Marzio recently claimed on Radio Marte (via Area Napoli) that the 23-year-old would be a good signing for his old side and could be worth up to €80m (£68m) in the future.
He is not a player Villa want to lose, though, Hatfield has told FFC. On the Brazilian, the Villa journalist said:
“I don’t think Villa are really keen to see him go. He’s obviously improved, like many of the players have, following his signing at the club.
“They always had that buy-back clause from Manchester City hanging over his head, but that’s passed now, so they don’t need to worry about that. I think they probably see Luiz as a key player.”
Luiz appeared 33 times in the Premier League for Villa last season, so he was indeed an important player for Dean Smith.
The Brazil international also had the best passing accuracy out of Villa’s regular starters (minimum of 10 starts, via WhoScored), so the club not wanting to lose him is understandable.