Aston Villa defender Jores Okore has refused to play in the club’s remaining Premier League games this season and pulled himself out of the squad to face Bournemouth recently.
The Midlands outfit have had an awful campaign and are readying themselves for a season in The Championship after their relegation was confirmed by losing at home to The Cherries.
The Villa Park outfit have only won three games all season and the club’s fans have lost confidence in those in power.
Okore has featured in 12 Premier League games this term and was due to be on the bench against Bournemouth recently.
However, caretaker boss Eric Black has confirmed that the 23-year-old has played his last game for the club after refusing to take his place among the substitutes to face Eddie Howe’s men.
“It wasn’t a disagreement. I spoke to Jores the week beginning the Bournemouth game and I thought he responded well and thought he trained extremely well,” The Guardian report Black as saying.
“But once I named the XI on the Friday, which I normally do to try and get more detail into them, Jores asked to see me and said that he didn’t want to be considered to be on the bench, which I found surprising but that was his decision.
“So I then withdrew him from the squad. I met him again on the Monday and asked if he had considered his position over the weekend. At that point, he said he didn’t want to be considered for any games going forward. And at that point I really didn’t have a choice apart from remove him.
“I don’t want people who don’t want to be at Aston Villa and playing at Aston Villa, certainly under the circumstances, and the Bournemouth game was a massive game for us. So he has gone to the under-21s and that’s what happens.
“I am surprised from a young or an old player, but Jores will have his own thoughts on that and I have my thoughts on it. We have come to a conclusion.”
Okore will be one of a host of Villa players that will leave the club this summer, with a new manager and squad expected before the Midlands team plays in The Championship next season.