Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce dropped the biggest hint yet that he could be ready to offer striker Gabby Agbonlahor a new contract this summer.
????️⚽️ Press Conference: Steve Bruce – “Gabby has a big summer coming up. I hope he can knuckle down. I think he still has a lot to offer.” pic.twitter.com/B8pWBt5LRH
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 28, 2017
The 31-year-old’s current deal at Villa Park is due to run out this summer and it looked as though the attacker would leave the Midlands outfit after being frozen out at the start of the campaign by Roberto Di Matteo.
However, Bruce gave Agbonlahor another chance when he took the helm in October and the forward did his chances of extending his stay no harm at all when he scored the winning goal against arch-rivals Birmingham City last weekend.
Aston Villa supporters were quick to react to the comments from their boss via social media, but they disagree with him and believe that it is time for both parties to go their separate ways.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction to the news…
@AVFCOfficial Isn't that a bit worrying, you need to hope a 30 year old knuckles down?
— Balraj Singh (@B4lrajSingh) April 28, 2017
@AVFCOfficial Ship him out Bruce and give Ross your time and energy. If Gabby has been given a chance then so Ross deserves the same opportunity
— David White (@dpwhite48) April 28, 2017
@AVFCOfficial I thought we are planning for the big time back in the Prem back in Europe with lots of money to spend, so why Gabby, SELL HIM 2 WOLVES.
— Warren Such (@such_warren) April 28, 2017
— angela worley (@villa4ever29) April 28, 2017
Gabby scored the winner against the scum???????? it made me happy but for the love of god don't offer him a new contract.fresh start needed #AVFC
— joe caffrey (@j_cyall) April 27, 2017