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Aston Villa: Ashley Preece drops worrying Carney Chukwuemeka contract update

The Birmingham Mail’s Ashley Preece has dropped a worrying contract update about Aston Villa starlet Carney Chukwuemeka.

What’s the story?

Responding to a fan on Twitter about the latest over the midfielder, he said: “He’s contracted to 2023. It’s being dealt with by his reps who aren’t in a rush. I expected it to go through on his 18th birthday but it hasn’t been the case. He’s got a really good chance of starting on Friday. We shall see. Cheers Amir.”

Villa fans will be worried

The recently-turned 18-year-old was handed his senior debut in the Premier League towards the end of last season by Dean Smith, making some late cameos against the likes of Spurs and Chelsea.

The Athletic’s Gregg Evans then delivered some exciting news on the plans for Chukwuemeka heading into this campaign, saying: “Carney Chukwuemeka is the one teenager who will definitely be a part of the first team. He’s starting to fill out and will soon be ready for the demands of Premier League football.”

Indeed, former Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie has previously urged Smith to throw Chukwuemeka into the deep end with the first-team.

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He exclusively told FFC: “I kind of go off the fans’ views – I know he’s been scoring goals in the Under-18s. When someone is scoring goals, they’ve showed they’re a massive threat, it does attract football clubs and when you’re getting Manchester City and United hovering around the vicinity and are trying to take the young players away.

“This is where I feel if he’s that good we need to see him filtered through to the first team especially at this stage of the season. We’ve seen the likes of Louie Barry, who I felt would have had more of a chance this season, and I would put him in that category. I’d like to see more of him playing, because if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.”

News that a new contract hasn’t yet been sorted is surely a cause for concern for Villa fans, who have seen him play just 63 minutes of Premier League football all season, despite the injury issues in midfield.

After all, a player as talented as he would surely help a side that currently resemble a sinking ship down in 15th place.

Meanwhile, Villa have made contact with this manager…

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