Newly appointed Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is hoping he can convince Stewart Downing to stay at the club this summer.

The England international has been linked with a move away from Villa Park, with Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish one of the managers thought to be monitoring the former Middlesbrough winger's situation.

Keeping one of the club's top players would be a great step towards appeasing fans unhappy with the appointment of McLeish as manager, but the old Rangers boss is under no illusions that it will be a difficult task.

"No chance do we want Stewart Downing to go. We certainly don't want to lose Stewart," the former Birmingham City boss told talkSPORT.

"He's a top player. I need to see what Stewart's thinking when he comes back because I know that he made some comments when he was away on England duty.

"I'll have a chat with one or two in the coming days and weeks before pre-season training starts and once I get them in for pre-season training proper then I'll get a better idea."


 

There appears to be bad news on the Ashley Young front for Villains fans though, with the Scot confirming that whilst a deal is not yet done for the former Watford star, his exit appears to be imminent.

"It's not confirmed yet but it does seem likely. In my humble opinion it will be very difficult [to keep hold of him]."

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