Monday 26 September 2016

Remi Garde aware that major work is required at Aston Villa

Published 11/01/2016 | 22:36

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde is trying to convince players to join the Barclays Premier League strugglers.
Aston Villa manager Remi Garde is trying to convince players to join the Barclays Premier League strugglers.

Remi Garde admits Aston Villa's squad needs major surgery and revealed he is already losing out on players.

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The boss knows he must revamp his squad but insisted it will take time with Villa bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

Villa signed 13 news players in the summer under former boss Tim Sherwood but they are 11 points from safety having failed to win since the opening day.

Chief executive Tom Fox and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt were in New York on Monday to meet owner Randy Lerner to talk about transfer plans.

Villa host Crystal Palace on Tuesday and Garde conceded, despite their summer spending, he will need to overhaul the struggling squad again.

He said: "In the long-term, for sure. But during this transfer window as I have said, January is not the best time to do things because it is very difficult for many reasons.

"This is not the end of the transfer window and I am working on that. Attracting players in the situation we are in is not an easy task because players are not only attracted by money as many people think.

"They also care about the project that we present to them. I have to say that if we had been in a better position I would probably already have signed at least two players."

Garde, who wants to sign Arsenal's Mathieu Debuchy and Chelsea's Loic Remy, confirmed he has already lost out on players because of Villa's desperate position.

"Yes. It is very frustrating but I came into a situation that I knew could be uncomfortable to me or for signing players," he added.

"But of course, when a player says 'I would have liked to have worked with you but I'm sorry, I prefer to wait and see what happens' it is very frustrating.

"But I can do nothing about that."

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