Aston Villa have been particularly proactive in the January transfer window when it comes to bringing new players to the club such as Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Digne, Robin Olsen and Calum Chambers.
It now seems as though the Villa faithful can relax about the possibility of one of their current key players potentially leaving the club this month.
According to a recent Twitter post from The Athletic’s Villa journalist Gregg Evans, the Midlands club will not be selling Matty Cash during the current transfer window, after a report emerged claiming that the right-back was in talks with Atletico Madrid over a potential move to the reigning La Liga champions.
Evans confirmed that Diego Simeone’s side have an interest in Cash and will consider bidding for him when the summer transfer window opens, but the player will remain at Villa Park for the time being.
The Poland international joined Villa in 2020 from Championship club Nottingham Forest in a deal worth a reported £16m.
Since arriving at Villa Park, the defender has firmly cemented himself as the club’s first-choice right-back, with a total of 51 appearances under his belt across all competitions.
Cash has played more minutes in the Premier League than anyone else at Villa so far this season and earned himself an overall performance rating of 6.88/10 in the process, making him Villa’s fifth-highest rated player according to WhoScored. This highlights just how important the 24-year-old is to the team and why Steven Gerrard would be delighted to have him stay put for the remainder of the season.
Also, in a recent poll ran by Football FanCast, 91% of respondents suggested that Villa should not sell Cash in the summer, showing just how highly he is rated by the fans.
If Atletico make an official approach to Villa in the summer to sign their right-back, the Midlands club should do all they can to keep hold of him and see out the remainder of his contract at Villa Park, which isn’t set to expire until the summer of 2025.
For now, Gerrard must be buzzing to hear that the club have no intention of letting the 24-year-old leave in the final stages of the January transfer window.