Aston Villa star pledges future amid transfer interest

Rangers transfer target Marc Albrighton has ruled out a move to Scotland in January, according to The Sun.

Another product of the excellent Villa youth academy, Albrighton was tipped to be a regular first team player this year after the departures of Ashley Young and Stewart Downing in the summer but that has not been the reality.

New boss Alex McLeish has preferred the likes of Emile Heskey in a new formation at Villa Park this season, but Albrighton is adamant he wants to fight for his place at his boyhood club.

“I have a mate at Rangers but I won’t be going there anytime soon.

“I don’t want to think about leaving at the minute. I know things have not been great, but I am a Villa boy and I can’t think of anything worse than leaving the club that’s given me all my games and all my happy moments.

“I want to fight for my place here and see if I can establish myself and get back to my best here.”

Albrighton is expected to start at against Liverpool this weekend, up against his former team mate Downing, as Gabby Agbonlahor is struggling with injury.

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