Icelandic international Birkir Bjarnason turned down the chance to leave Aston Villa in the last transfer window in a bid to stay and fight for his place, according to Birmingham Live.
It was thought that Villa were trying to move him on because of fears over financial fair play with the midfielder on a wage of £30k a week. However, despite interest from Fenerbahce he wanted to stay.
Reacting to the news on Twitter, supporters of the Villans shared a mixture of views on the out of favour star.
Some praised him, explaining it was good to have players with that sort of attitude in the team, but at the same time claimed it would be difficult to get in ahead of the likes of John McGinn and Jack Grealish.
One came to the conclusion that he’ll likely leave in the summer, with competition for places in midfield healthy.
The 30-year-old has been out of favour with manager Dean Smith and has started just 11 times in the Championship this term. The last of those starts came back in January.
Here’s what Villa fans have been saying about the experienced international.
I suppose that’s good we have players that want to be there
— Glavo99 (@glavo99999) March 26, 2019
Excellent off the bench recently when our midfields legs are tiring. Really classy option to have.
— Anthony Harper (@anthonymharper) March 27, 2019
Shame if he leaves in the summer because he’s a good hard working player, the type we’ve been missing for the last few years.
— MrShafMan (@MrShafMan) March 26, 2019
I think he can be vital for us if injuries occur
— Ryan (@jonesavfc) March 26, 2019
Sad to see him not in the team but the midfield has been excellent lately. Think he’ll be off come summer, good luck to him. Showcased his ability on occasions but never quite got a consistent run.
— Ben (@ThatMetalNessie) March 26, 2019
He must be on a decent wage then…
— Oakley Doakley (@Gazoaks) March 26, 2019
The way McGinn, Jack, Hourihane & Whelan are playing at the moment, he’s got a job on his hands
— Shaughn, the she ⚧ (@CAW_92) March 26, 2019