Nigel slams Villa over release

The 27-year-old, who spent the end of last season captaining the

Midlands outfit, was stunned to find out on holiday that he was no

longer needed after four years at the club. Now the free agent is

contemplating his future and is considering a move abroad. “Before

Gerard Houllier was taken ill and left the club, he said he wanted

to sit me down this summer and negotiate a new deal,” Reo-Coker

said in The Sun. “When the season ended, there was no contact from

Villa to renegotiate my contract. “We never sat down together,

which I was told would happen. “While on holiday, I was getting

texts from friends and reading tweets I’d been released. “I was

disappointed. It should’ve been handled better and with more

respect.” New boss Alex McLeish has also reportedly not been in

touch with the midfielder and if he is not offered the right

challenge in England, Reo-Coker may opt for a move to Spain,

Germany or Italy with a number of clubs said to be interested.

Despite the unexpected news, Reo-Coker is remaining optimistic

about the future. “It’s a new chapter. I want to go to a club where

I can challenge for things either in the Premier League or abroad,”

he said. “There are options in Europe – and I’m seriously

considering them.”