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Garde: I'm working hard on transfers

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Garde: I'm working hard on transfers

Rémi Garde admits he's burning the candle at both ends as he looks to strengthen the squad this month.

The transfer window has started and Garde says he's eager to bring in players.

He says his main focus is on working his current lads hard as he looks to oversee a change in fortunes for the claret and blues.

But once training is over each day, he admits he's making and taking calls and putting in the hours to improve the group.

He said: "The group has been suffering for a long time now.

"I feel we need some fresh players to regenerate this group who have suffered a lot.

"Sometimes the spark needs to come from outside.

"Hopefully this is what will happen in the transfer window.

"As you can imagine, agents are calling.

"I am fully committed on the training sessions because, for me, this is the part of my job that I can't delegate.

"I want to see, every day, the players practicing. For me it is such an important part.

"But once I have finished this part of my role, I am totally focused on trying to attract players for Villa.

"I am working with all the people at this football club to do this."

Garde says he's casting his net far and wide in the search for new blood - and stresses that the players he brings in need to be a balance of foreign and domestic.

He added: "My first criteria is 'how good is the player I am trying to attract?'

"And, of course, I would like to have a balance because I know this is very important.

"You can look at every team in the Premier League or La Liga or the Bundesliga - in Europe generally - there is a mix.

"You have to accept that without losing the culture of your country and your club, which for me is very important.

"There is a lot of discussion and hopefully the signings will come soon.

"For me, as soon as possible would be better. But it's not as easy as everyone imagines."

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By @AVFCOfficial 8th January 2016