Aston Villa facing mass exodus over the summer due to Premier League relegation

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Every season three teams are relegated to the Championship and three more take their place in the top-flight, but not all of the relegated players follow their clubs down.

Aston Villa have already warned members of the club regarding job cuts when they are relegated next season, but the senior players are unlikely to be effected by these. Some in fact may even find work back in the Premier League with a promoted side or a team looking to secure their top-flight status again next season.

So with relegation looming over Villa Park, here are several players that could jump ship rather than stay and fight for an immediate promotion back to the Premier League.


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Jordan Amavi joined the club last summer from French side Nice and has six caps for the French U-21s side and has impressed in his albeit limited appearances for the Villains. Amavi's namesake, Jordan Ayew, is also unlikely to move down to the English second division.

The brother of Swansea's Andre Ayew moved to the club in the summer from FC Lorient for £9m, and is the club's joint top-scorer along with Rudy Gestede and Scott Sinclair.

Despite being joint-top scorer, it's believed Gestede will remain at Aston Villa for next season because he's a proven striker at that level, but Sinclair has shown elements of class during his limited appearances and could serve a newly promoted team well on the flank. Although his £40,000-a-week contract will put off most sides.

Also unlikely to feature on Villa's wing next season is Carles Gil, the former Valencia midfielder. The Spaniard moved to the Midlands back in January 2015 and again has struggled to string together consistent performances in such a poor team. 

Jores Okore is one of Denmark's hottest young prospects and was pinched from his homeland back in the summer of 2013. If Villa are to have any hope of bouncing back to the Premier League, they will have to keep their bright young stars. Jack Grealish is a local and will likely prosper in a lower league with more time on the ball to showcase his skills and more importantly, more game time in which to do it.

Jordan Veretout is another player who was bought last summer from Ligue 1 (FC Nantes) and is highly likely to leave after just a year at the club. Famously turning down Leicester for Villa, Veretout will be looking to get his career back on track after a promising season in an awful team.

Aston Villa's captain, Micah Richards, was happy to sit on Manchester City's bench to collect his earnings and it's hard to see any side meeting his £53,000-a-week wages now, but with rumours that Villa's relegation sets off a 50% cut in wages, £26,500-a-week for a defender with a decade of Premier League experience could tempt some suitors.

Former La Masia graduate Adama Traore impressed at times during the first half of the season but reports suggested that his wages were set to almost double to £75k-a-week should he meet a set number of appearances. It's little surprise then that the youngster failed to appear for the club after they had accepted their fate back around Christmas.

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