The Claret & Blue Army’s boss says the club will likely lose some top players ahead of the new campaign
Aston Villa coach Steve Bruce has admitted that the club is likely to lose Ghana midfielder Albert Adomah and other stars ahead of next season.
The Claret & Blue Army are reportedly in need of £40-45million before they can meet Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations, leading to concerns over the future of 30-year-old Adomah, who has been linked to Newcastle United.
“I’ve accepted it and committed myself to the cause, and I think it’s better to be open and honest with the supporters and say how it is,” Bruce told Sky Sports News.
“We don’t want to lose Grealish, Adomah, Kodjia and Chester, but the inevitability is that we might have to, so let’s get ready for it.
“We have to keep the club up and running and keep it in line with Financial Fair Play. We might have to take decisions which aren’t going to be easy. We will have to generate some money and inevitably that’s going to be through player sales,” he said.
“And it’s going to be people who I don’t want to sell. Jack is the obvious one that clubs are going to look at. You don’t want to lose him but the inevitable thing is, we have to.
“People will know we’ve got financial problems and they’ll sit and wait until deadline day possibly. I hope that doesn’t happen but we’ve got to wait for it.
“It’s pretty brutal stuff out there. There’s nobody going to feel sorry for Aston Villa because financially we’ve got ourselves into a bit of a pickle. We’re having a tough time at the moment but we’ve got to try and steer our way through it and ride the storm,” he added.
Although, Adomah Villa couldn’t qualify to the Premier League after losing the playoffs to Fulham, Adomah ended as the topscorer last season after scoring 14 goals in 32 appearances.
He was also voted as the club’s Players’ player of the Year.