Charles N’Zogbia claims he will do all he can to ensure Aston Villa stay in the Premier League even it means relegating old club Wigan.
The 26-year-old French winger enjoyed two-and-a-half seasons at the DW Stadium where he helped the side remain in the top flight.
However, a move to Villa Park in summer 2011 was expected to see the former Newcastle man battle it out for honours at the right end of the table.
But, following last season’s struggles under Alex McLeish, N’Zogbia is now one of current boss Paul Lambert’s key men as the side scrap to avoid dropping into the Championship.
N’Zogbia was on target on Saturday as Villa drew 1-1 with Fulham to move three points above the relegation zone with just five games remaining. And with Wigan occupying the third-bottom spot it could see the two sides facing a final day relegation decider at the DW Stadium.
But, while N’Zogbia hopes Villa are safe by then, he will not hesitate sending down his former employers to preserve Villa’s Premier League status.
“I don’t think I’d feel awkward if I had to go back to Wigan and maybe send them down,” he said. “I play for Villa now, I hope we can stay up and we’ll do all we can to do that.
“No matter who I play against, I just want to be happy at the end of the season. It’s always better to be safe before the last game, we have five games left.
“You have to block out everything else and focus on yourself. At the end of the league we’ll see the points and we’ll know what’s going to happen.”
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