N’Zogbia stays at Villa – Grant

The 25-year-old was Villa’s marquee signing in the summer transfer

window after they procured him for £9million from Wigan. His

scintillating form for the Latics was one of the main reasons they

escaped from the vines of relegation. Yet, he has failed to

replicate those levels of excellence at Villa Park, but Grant

insists the France international is central to their long-term

plans. He told the club’s official website: “You know what

football’s like, people talk about somebody moving every day. I

think it was Benty last week, now it’s Charles. I don’t know who it

will be next! “People are talking about players going here, there

and everywhere. Sunderland must have a few bob left if they are

going to try and buy Charles!” Outside of the elite group within

the Premier League, Grant views Villa as the one of the best of the

rest. Ashley Young’s displays saw him earn a move to Manchester

United in the close season, and according to Grant that is the only

kind of club anyone leaving Villa should consider. “Listen, top

players are always going to be linked with other clubs, but if

players leave here they should only be going to top four clubs

because there’s not many clubs bigger than this one,” he added. “In

terms of the stadium, the history and the fans this is a big club

and what we want to do is make it somewhere that everybody wants to

come and play and that the boys here want to stay at.” And Grant is

convinced it’s only a matter of time before the former Newcastle

and Wigan dribbler starts leaving full-backs with twisted blood

again following his output on the training ground. “We feel in the

last few weeks that Charles is starting to get there,” he

continued. “The boys appreciate his talent because they see it on

the training ground. That’s why we’re confident that there’s a lot

more to come from him.”