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Arsenal and Liverpool’s chase for Aston Villa’s Stewart Downing has taken a blow, with the new and controversially instated Villa manager highlighting how important Downing is for Villa, and that there is “no chance” of him wanting to sell the English left winger. McLeish said:

“No chance do we want Stewart Downing to go. We certainly don’t want to lose Stewart. 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.”

Despite the Villa manager’s comments, it will be a tough job in keeping Downing at the club, who has already expressed his desire for better things. Arsenal would be a likely challenger for his signature, with Arsene Wenger said to be interested in adding to his Arsenal side. As I have said before, if Arsenal were to show an interest, they would surely be the favourite for Downings signature after he said:

“The most important thing is to play football, but I do want to play in the Champions League at some point.”

Liverpool have been looking for wingers to provide for their two relatively new, big money signings in Andy Carroll and Luiz Suarez. Stewart Downing has been a major target for Liverpool, with Kenny Dalglish rating the 26 year-old former Middlesbrough player highly. The Liverpool manager has had his other targets, including Downing’s Villa team mate, Ashley Young and Newcastle’s new free signing, Sylvian Marveux.

McLeish is resigned to losing Ashley Young to Manchester United. The former Watford winger is said to have agreed all of the necessaries, and only Young’s holiday has delayed the move to United. McLeish explained:

“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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  1. redz

    June 21, 2011 at 11:03 am

    if downing wants to leave he will and no body will stop him, what is he wasting a good career playing for villa under mc leish, they will win nothing for many year to come,sorry villa fans im not trying to be bitter i just think dats fact.

  2. M5Villa

    June 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Stewart Downing has two years left on his contract and I cannot see Villa letting him go this summer, unless it’s for silly money. Why would they let him go when he was Villa’s best player last season? Why would they let him go for a reported £12M when they paid that for him when he was on crutches? Also, a bit of loyalty from Downing would be nice considering the amount of time he spent on crutches.

  3. Zekk Chai

    June 21, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Why is it so hard to keep hold of young? Just because he is going to the devils? In my opinion Villa should forget about selling young and downing. Forget about Adam, bring in Darren Fletcher.

  4. nll1315

    June 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Don’t waste money & time on Downing, use the money for Mata..more completed player compare to Downing…younger & stronger…

  5. chris

    June 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Well we don’t want him at the Arsenal. We have enough technically good inconsistent softies who don’t deliver already.

  6. Stu

    June 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    This is not a blow in the slightest! I would say it is very good news that Downing is staying put! Not that I’m that bothered who he plays for… as long as it aint The Arsenal! Was a bit worried about this transfer rumour but now I can out the rumour to bed and beathe easy again.

  7. Tommy

    June 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    He will not come to liverpool. Liverpool are signing Mata and thats why a friendly game was arranged between Liverpool and Valencia.

  8. Jide Adebiyi

    June 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Downing to Arsenal? Has Wenger losing focus? Downing led Middlesborough to relegation and he almost did it to Aston Villa too, so Wenger does not need him though i’m Man Utd fan.

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