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Tuesday media watch [12.02.13 PM]: N'Zogbia in focus
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12th Feb 2013
Tuesday media watch [12.02.13 PM]: N'Zogbia in focus


Express and Star: Charles N'Zogbia today revealed he would be prepared to "hurt people" on the pitch if it meant Villa beat the drop from the Premier League. The 26-year-old French midfielder inspired the claret and blues to a 2-1 win over West Ham last weekend after he won a penalty and scored a brilliant free-kick.

Goal.com: Aston Villa winger Charles N'Zogbia is calling on his experiences of relegation battles with Wigan to aid his side's current plight. The 26-year-old won a penalty and scored a free-kick in a long overdue win for his side on Sunday, as Villa hauled themselves out of the Premier League drop zone.

ClubCall: Villa are still on the look-out for bargain buys from the Championship with Cardiff City's Matthew Connolly recently under scrutiny. Villa had a scout at Huddersfield Town's John Smith's Stadium on Saturday to see a goalless draw between the Tykes and Championship leaders Cardiff in which Connolly, 25, impressed.

Irish Evening Herald: Stephen Ireland's future at Aston Villa career is in doubt after manager Paul Lambert excluded the Cork-born midfielder from his plans and forced him to train with the youth team. The 26-year-old was axed from the Villa squad for last week's Premier League win over West Ham, the second week in a row that he has been left out, and this week Ireland is training with the club's youngsters.

ITV Football: Paul Lambert insists having Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne back available at full fitness is his priority rather than the future of the Republic of Ireland international. But Villa manager Lambert admits Dunne, who will become a free agent this summer, will "not need to prove himself" in terms of his ability should a new contract eventually be on the agenda.

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BBC Sport: Ian Rush believes Gareth Bale should think hard before accepting any potential offer to move abroad.

BBC Sport: Manager Neil Lennon has warned Juventus not to underestimate his Celtic side ahead of their Champions League encounter.

Sky Sports: Jonny Evans insists there is no inferiority complex in the Manchester United dressing room ahead of the clash with Real Madrid.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

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