Thursday media watch [18.02.16]
Birmingham Mail: Rémi Garde will consider recalling Brad Guzan at any point this season after admitting the current goalkeeping situation at the club is "not definitive". The Villa boss was pleased with the form of Mark Bunn leading into last weekend but may now consider his options after the 6-0 defeat against Liverpool. Garde and his under-performing group met this week with a light session yesterday and the players know that changes will be considered for the clash at Stoke a week on Saturday.
Daily Star: Brad Guzan has been told not to write-off his Aston Villa career just yet. The American international keeper was dumped from the side at the turn of the year and looked to be on his way out of Villa Park. But boss Remi Garde says he's not completely written the 31-year-old out of his plans. He dropped Guzan in favour of Mark Bunn who has played for the last six league games. Now the French boss will consider whether to bring Guzan back into the fold following the humiliating 6-0 home defeat to Liverpool at the weekend.
The Sun: Rémi Garde has left the door open for Aston Villa outcast Brad Guzan. The Frenchman made Mark Bunn his first-choice keeper last month but is not ruling out a recall for USA star Guzan, 31. Boss Garde said: "I don't rule out Guzan completely."
Sky Sports: Former Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says he offered to step down from his post at the end of his second season in charge, because the club was not backing him in the transfer market. Lambert says he was keen to add a top class striker and targeted Romelu Lukaku, Wilfried Bony and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but was unable to land any of the trio.
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BBC Sport: Valencia boss Gary Neville insists it was his decision to name Pako Ayestaran as his assistant. Neville confirmed the appointment of the 53-year-old, who was Rafael Benitez's assistant at Valencia and Liverpool, after his first La Liga win - against Espanyol on Saturday.
Sky Sports: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has dropped a huge hint he could be on his way to the Premier League in the summer. The Paris Saint-Germain and Sweden superstar has won titles in four different European leagues but has never played in England.
BBC Sport: Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney is facing about six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury. Rooney picked up the injury in last weekend's loss at Sunderland and could now miss United's next eight matches.
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