Aston Villa hero offered to ‘play for free’ amid club’s financial difficulties

first_img Agbonlahor departed Aston Villa eight games shy of 400 official appearances for his hometown club 2 Latest Championship news Gabby Agbonlahor has revealed he offered to play for Aston Villa for free following his release from the club earlier this year.Agbonlahor, the forward, ended his 17-year association with his hometown club at the end of last season, with the Championship side not renewing his contract. The 32-year-old remains a free agent four months after his Villa Park departure, but he could have remained with the Birmingham outfit if they had taken up a generous offer made by Agbonlahor soon after his release.Villa were in a perilous position at the beginning of the summer with their failure to win promotion to the Premier League; Fulham defeated Steve Bruce’s side in the Championship play-off final.Their financial difficulties were well documented, and prevented them utilising the transfer market, while Bruce’s playing squad was further decimated by a number of long-term injuries.This led to Agbonlahor putting the call in to offer his services to Villa – no strings attached.The thrice-capped former England international said: “I was aware a couple of strikers had what seemed to be long-term injuries and everyone knew the club had financial difficulties, so I asked my agent to speak with Steve Bruce and make the offer I would play for free. stalemate Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer goalless REPLY Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place ROUND-UP Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship EFL result GREAT NEWS Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ “There were no strings attached, I didn’t want paying, no appearance money, nothing, it was a genuine offer to help the club I love.“The manager had been good for me when he arrived. I had been in a bad place before he was appointed and he gave me the opportunity to get back involved.“He was appreciative of my offer but no one was aware the club was in the final stages of being sold to sort the financial problems.” 2 Agbonlahor offered his services to Steve Bruce, who has since been dismissed from his position as Villa manager As mentioned, Agbonlahor put his offer in as talks were being held for Tony Xia to sell his majority share in Aston Villa amid the financial worries.Billionaire businessmen Nassef Sawiris and Wesley Edens completed their buyout on July 21, with Xia remaining at the club in the position of co-chairman.last_img read more