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Injury cost him: Aston Villa fans share mixed reaction to De Laet contract news

Ritchie De Laet played just twice for Aston Villa this season before going out on loan to Melbourne City.

His spell with the Midlands club hasn’t gone according to plan, struggling to establish himself in the side since he arrived in the 2016/17 season.

But, with his contract expiring this summer, the club is leaving the door open to possibly extend his current deal, according to Birmingham Live.

Reacting to the news on Twitter, Villa fans shared mixed views of the player, with some appearing very sympathetic towards him.

Some supporters recalled how well he did during pre-season but one individual said they’d be surprised if he ever played competitively for the club again.

Another fan claimed that injury had cost him, with the Belgian defender barely featuring since arriving at Villa Park.

However, since going out to Australia he’s been in fine form, flourishing in a more advanced role. In 23 outings he’s scored seven goals, making him the club’s top scorer.

It’s a level of performance that may convince Dean Smith to give him a new deal with Ahmed Elmohamady’s contract also expiring this summer. However, it remains unclear whether an offer is on the table for De Laet.

Here’s the best of the reaction from Twitter.

Article title: Injury cost him: Aston Villa fans share mixed reaction to De Laet contract news

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