N’Zogbia denies strike claims

The Frenchman joined Villa at the back end of July in a

£9.5million deal, with Wigan finally deciding to cash in on

their prized asset. Reports have suggested N’Zogbia refused to

train in order to force the move to Villa, but he is adamant that

is not the case. “I was not on strike,” he told the Daily Mail. “On

the first day of pre-season I was at Wigan. I went to Sweden in

pre-season. I was happy to do it. There are no bad feelings.” The

25-year-old also suggests he would have been happy to stay at the

club, but revealed chairman Dave Whelan needed to make full use of

his market value. N’Zogbia added: “I was friends with (manager

Roberto) Martinez and I just trained hard and thought if it

happens, it happens. “The chairman said he had to sell me as he had

no money left but I didn’t try to push him or anything. “I was with

the French squad for two weeks after the season until June 10 and

Martinez told me I could go for five days to rest. I needed it.”