Defender to spark Aston Villa exodus

Richard DunneRichard Dunne will be looking for a new club this summer after Aston Villa reportedly opted against offering him a new contract.

The 33-year-old Republic of Ireland defender has not kicked a ball in anger for Villa this past season after suffering with a long-term problem while representing his country at last summer’s Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

Last month boss Paul Lambert insisted that the door was still open for Dunne to prove his fitness and earn a contract at Villa Park.

However, fresh reports emanating from the club are suggesting that Dunne will be allowed to leave on a Bosman free transfer this summer.

Record signing Darren Bent is also poised to leave having slipped out of the first-team reckoning under Lambert this past Premier League season, while the 2011-12 Player of the Year Stephen Ireland could also be offloaded despite having 12 months remaining on his current deal.

The midfielder has not featured in the team since the club’s humiliating 2-1 defeat in the Capital One Cup to Bradford City earlier this year.

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