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Aston Villa star fuels transfer speculation with intriguing admission

Aston Villa striker Wesley Moraes joined Club Brugge on a season-long loan in the summer as Dean Smith couldn’t promise the Brazilian regular Premier League minutes this season.

Admitting that he ‘has to play’ week in, week out, Wesley has spoken about his need to get a career which had promised so much upon his arrival at Villa Park, back on track.

He told Het Nieuwsblad : “I didn’t think it would be now, but I always had it in my head that I would one day return to Club. The injury hastened that return. I have to play. That’s why I’m here.

“I was also able to play at Aston Villa, but the highest achievable was substitutions of a few minutes. I wanted to be able to start games again to grow to my best level. I am not the type of striker who can make a difference as a substitute. I told the coach I had to play more and wanted to leave. He said he understood.

“I have always kept in touch with Dévy [Rigaux, the recruitment manager of Club Brugge] Sometime at the end of July I told him I wanted to play more and he said that this could be interesting.”

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Wesley suffered a severe long-term knee injury in January 2020 and missed over 16 months of competitive football.

Since then, Villa have spent nearly £70million on new strikers, including Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings, and even Mbwana Ally Samatta. Wesley’s return to fitness was no easy road back and forcing a way back into Smith’s first-team thoughts was another task altogether.

Wesley detailed how Club Brugge convinced him to return to the club in the summer.

“Club Brugge reported a week and a half before the end of the transfer period. I don’t know if there were any other options. I heard something about German clubs. Maybe they talked to my agent, but they didn’t talk to me,” Wesley explained.

“When Club Brugge wanted me back, my decision was made. I know the club, I know the players, I know everyone. I spoke with my agent, with Dévy and Vincent [Mannaert]. Dévy said the fans and the chairman wanted me back. I said, ‘if that’s true, I want to go back’.”

Wesley’s contract at Villa Park runs out in 2024, but he isn’t sure where his long-term future will be.

“My first goal is to play. I haven’t started a game since January 1st 2020. After this year, I am under contract at Aston Villa for two more years,” the striker added.

“It may be that I return, it may be that I go to another club. But everything starts with having a good season here. Then we’ll see what comes.”

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