Juventus midfielder Mohamed Sissoko has vented his frustration at his club and indicated he would like to move on, with England a possible destination.
A move back to the Barclays Premier League would, most likely, be with Aston Villa and the 25-year-old would relish the chance to end his Serie A hell.
Luigi Del Neri has made it clear Sissoko is a reserve player or back up to Felipe Melo, which was not something Sissoko signed up for when he left former club Liverpool.
And former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier is an admirer of the Malian and is keen to bring his experience to Villa Park as he attempts to get Aston Villa out of their current slump.
Signed for Liverpool for £5 million in 2005, the Anfield club doubled their money three years later when they offloaded him to Juve.
His Liverpool career was dogged with injuries, although he holds the distinction of being the player that scored Liverpool’s 7000th league goal, and he would love to show the English fans what he can really do.
“You never know what you have. If you want to be sold, it will be on their terms,” Sissoko told Football365.fr.
“The directors wanted to sell me at the beginning of the year and sometimes they try to enter into agreements that I do not like.
“When competition is healthy, I do not have problems. But it is no longer the case.
” Del Neri will only pay attention to me when he needs me. Otherwise it is calculated. I do not want controversy, but I’m not a (commercial) good.
“If someone has disrespected, these are the leaders of Juve to me and vice versa. Accident? They know that they made a mistake with me and now they invent that I did not play against with Napoli because I refused to do so.
“But that is completely false. I did not play is because I have inflammation of the quadriceps and did not want to risk hurting myself.
“One day I’m sold, the next day I’m not. Melo gets three-match ban and I am no longer on the market.”