Aston Villa defender Frederic Guilbert is close to ending his contract with the club

Aston Villa defender Frederic Guilbert is on the verge of ending his contract with the club and completing a move to Strasbourg… after struggling for playing time at the club under Steven Gerrard and Unai Emery

  • Frederic Guilbert will terminate his contract with Aston Villa and move to Strasbourg
  • The Frenchman has not played a Premier League game since the 19-20 season
  • He was unhappy with his lack of playing time under two managers this season

Aston Villa defender Frederic Guilbert is set to end his nightmare at the club with the termination of his contract.

The 28-year-old has played just one game for Villa in the last three seasons and he has been unhappy with his lack of game time under Steven Gerrard and Unai Emery this season.

After his contract was terminated, he joins Strasbourg, for whom he has played on loan for the last two seasons.

Frederic Guilbert is set to terminate his contract with Aston Villa after fighting for game time

Frederic Guilbert is set to terminate his contract with Aston Villa after fighting for game time

He played regularly in his first season with the club – he played in the Carabao Cup final defeat by Man City – but has not played a Premier League game since Matty Cash joined the club

He played regularly in his first season with the club – he played in the Carabao Cup final defeat by Man City – but has not played a Premier League game since Matty Cash joined the club

He has not played in the Premier League for Villa since the 2019/20 season after Matty Cash joined the club from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2020.

After playing under Gerrard in a cup game last season, he never played again.

As quoted by the Birmingham Mail, he said last month: “When Steven Gerrard arrived he told me I had two weeks to prove myself but then I barely played 45 minutes.

“I made the decision to shut up and keep working. Because if I screamed, it wouldn’t have changed anything. And now I look to the future.

Guilbert has previously pointed out his lack of time under Steven Gerrard and Unai Emery

Guilbert has previously pointed out his lack of time under Steven Gerrard and Unai Emery

The Frenchman (right) joins Strasbourg where he spent two seasons on loan

The Frenchman (right) joins Strasbourg where he spent two seasons on loan

“I never had an argument with Unai Emery. I can’t stay in this situation forever. We study the possibilities with my entourage; whether it is a loan with an option to buy or a direct transfer.

“The only certainty is I need playing time at a club to revive. That is the most important thing for me.”

Guilbert took to social media earlier this week to send out a hint that a move might be a step closer.

On Twitter, the 28-year-old shared a post with a soccer ball, an egg timer and a praying emoji.

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Maureen Mackey

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