Downing Will Leave Villa For Arsenal or Liverpool

By on May 28, 2011

Stewart Downing, the Aston Villa left winger will leave the club this summer. He has not explicitly said so in public as yet, but has rather dropped a major hint that he will look for a new club soon by saying that he will not be signing a new contract at Aston Villa at the moment because he is at a “major crossroad” in his career.

My sources, whom I believe to be very much in the know, say that in private, he is looking for the exit door this summer, and that Arsenal and Liverpool are interested in signing him – particularly the latter. Kenny Dalglish is a big fan of the England international, and the Liverpool manager apparently got in contact with Downing a few weeks ago. Downing said:

“Martin O’Neill, left and that was strange. He was one of the main reasons why I went to Villa. It was difficult when he left, everything changed. It took some getting used to, but credit to the new manager (Gerard Houllier) he led the team through a very good run in the end and I have enjoyed being such a big part of the team.”

“I know the club are keen for me to extend my contract as I only have two years left on my deal and that my agent (Struan Marshall) had a recent meeting with our chief executive (Paul Faulkner). However, I am 26 and at a major crossroads in my career so I won’t be committing to a new deal at the moment.”

However, a major factor that may swing in Arsenal’s direction is Downing’s desire to play Champions League football. The 26 year-old added: “The most important thing is to play football, but I do want to play in the Champions League at some point.”

While Liverpool have failed to even reach the Europa League, Arsenal have secured a qualifying place in the Champions League, and this is a qualifying place which they surely must be favourites to progress through. If Downing wants immediate Champions League football, then Arsenal would be his choice between the two clubs. But, with Liverpool’s new manager and new signings, he could either join immediately and help them to a Champions League spot next season, or ride out another year of his 2 year Aston Villa contract and join Liverpool next summer.

In other transfer news, Liverpool are close to signing Wigan’s James McCarthy for £10 million while Arsenal’s Gael Clichy looks set to leave on the cheap due to his expiring contract in a £5 million deal to Bayern Munich. Arsenal are also once interested in signing long term target Chris Samba for £10 million from Blackburn.

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18 Comments

  1. Colin Jones

    May 28, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Never let the truth get in the way of a good story hey?

    Do your ‘sources’ reside in the fairy glen?

    How about if we throw a few facts into the mix? A novel idea I know, but let’s give it a go hey?

    Downing loves it at Villa, the club, the fans etc. However, he HATES Houllier. What he is doing, and it is ovvious to everyone (except yourself obviously), is putting the club on notice that, if Houllier stays, he will be gone when his contract expires.

    He is going NOWHERE this summer.

    It’s OK, don’t thank me, it’s just when people like you write complete and utter rubbish, somebody needs to put them straight, and I was happy to do it.

    • Jerry

      May 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      I don’t know if this is true or not, but I don’t see any more facts in your comment than in the article. Your both just trotting out your opinions.

      Are you a Villa fan? If so, your angry reaction just sounds like the typical fan in denial.

  2. Colin Jones

    May 28, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Further, if Kenny Dalglish got in contact with him several weeks ago and that can be proven, then Dalglish is in serious trouble for ‘tapping up’ a player under contract with another club.

    Really, can’t you find something better to do with your time than to write fiction like this?

  3. Jinksy

    May 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Colin spot on pal the clown that wrote this needs to have a word with himself.

  4. TwittersatHale

    May 28, 2011 at 10:43 am

    We are all mugs for reading this tosh , this guy has taken so-called journalism
    to new depths !!

  5. Dorian

    May 28, 2011 at 11:09 am

    i don’t know why arsenal would even want downing there has never been one quote or source saying arsenal are interested in signing him

  6. TROY

    May 28, 2011 at 11:35 am

    NO DOWNING SIGNING…….NO INTERESTING PLAYER ( NO GOOD ENOUGH )

    I PREFER GET JUST ONE EDEN HAZARD……NO MORE (THE NEXT CR-7). GOOD PLAYER THIS SEASON.
    GET HIM NOW ARSENE

    • Mike

      May 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      do you really think arsene wenger will spend what’s going to be in excess if £20 million for hazard? who Arsenal dont really need anyway. The defence should be the main priority for Arsenal this summer which in my opinion is not up to scratch for a team who aim to win the league

  7. Lewis

    May 28, 2011 at 11:48 am

    To all you clowns who think Downing isn’t good enough: He is the best left WINGER in the premierleague at the moment, which is why teams like Liverpool and Arsenal are after him. He was Villa player of the season for a reason, I think Villa know a bit more about their players than you or I.

  8. Keith

    May 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Downings agent is also the agent for Gerrard and Carragher, so Liverpool already have a foot in the door. Downing has also turned down a new contract at Villa so don’t be too surprised if a move to Liverpool hasn’t already been agreed with Downing some months ago. Once Liverpool offer the money and he states he wants to leave he will be packing his boots and heading north.

    We will welcome him gladly.. 🙂

  9. nexus9

    May 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    downing has a magical left foot and some pace..at some point i can say he is better than ashley young..he is welcome at lfc

  10. Jonah

    May 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Dream on scousers, he aint going anywhere…and if he did it wouldn’t be to Liverpool, he said he wants to play in the champions league at some stage, no chance of that with you lot.

    • Ryan

      May 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      No chance? … why not?
      If Dalglish would of taken over as manager at the start of the season who knows where Liverpool would of ended up. Liverpool now looks like the team they once were and Liverpool was a top four side and I believe now we have reached that level once again.

      “In Dalglish we trust”
      Come on you REDS!!

    • Mike

      May 28, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      you said it yourself AT SOME STAGE that does not mean he he wants to be in the competition next season, besides the resurgence of Liverpool as of late plus the summer signings they will most likely bring in makes them a strong contender for the champions league places next season

  11. David

    May 29, 2011 at 3:43 am

    within the last month he was talking about how much he liked it at Villa, he isn’t going anywhere. on top of that Villa won’t be willing to release him as Young is looking sure to go & can still sell next year if need be. to sign for a club for 3 years (’til he’s 29) would finish any possible move to a big club so he won’t sign now & also why would you sign when there’s still a doubt who the manager will be.

  12. michael reynolds

    May 29, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    so here we go again summer is here and clubs like liverpool are tapping up players, if dalglish has contacted downing without villa blessing that is illegal.

  13. Mark

    May 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    It’s all rubbish and just fills in the gaps of the tabloids. He’ll soon change his mind when we get David Moyes as manager.

  14. SHANI

    May 30, 2011 at 10:38 am

    YES its posible that downing leaves villa becz if u look at his age.it is a stage of age may be after 2 n a half year fitness could affect his form so that is why he wants to go for big club like arsenal and show his skills to europe n create more histry with the club bcz its evry plyr desire to play against big clubs like barca n madrid n other italian clubs.so its 80 precnt chance to leave villa.

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