Nigel Reo-Coker considering his options

Nigel Reo-Coker has stated that his release from Aston Villa came as a shock, and that he will now consider a move to the continent.

The former West Ham player ended 2010/11 as the club’s captain, and he has stated that Gerard Houllier had promised him negotiations over a new deal before becoming ill. Despite this, the Birmingham club released the 27-year-old whilst he was on holiday.

“Before Gerard Houllier was taken ill and left the club, he said he wanted to sit me down this summer and negotiate a new deal. When the season ended, there was no contact from Villa to renegotiate my contract,” the robust midfielder told The Daily Mail.

“We never sat down together, which I was told would happen. While on holiday, I was getting texts from friends and reading tweets I’d been released. I was disappointed. It should’ve been handled better and with more respect.”

The Croydon born man has enforced his agent to look for a new club, with options in Europe being considered.

“It’s a new chapter. I want to go to a club where I can challenge for things either in the Premier League or abroad. There are options in Europe – and I’m seriously considering them,” he finished.