Aston Villa’s Stewart Downing reiterates Champions League desire

Former Middlesbrough winger says he is not actively looking for a move away from the club though wants to win medals and to be playing in Europe

Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing has once again questioned his future at the club after reiterating his desire to play Champions League football.

Downing has been linked with a move to Liverpool ater a promising season at Villa Park last season.

The 26-year-old has two years remaining on his current deal but insists he is fully focussed on Aston Villa.

“If you ask any player about interest from clubs, they get flattered by it but I think you’ve just got to keep your mind on the job and keep playing well for your club and country,” Downing said in an article in The

“All players want to play at the highest level and in the biggest competitions. With England as well, all the top players play in good teams. I’m no different.

“You just want the best for your career. You want to finish with medals at the end of it so, if it’s a step up with Villa or with someone else, I’m ready for it.

“You watch teams in the Champions League and it makes you wish you were there. You sit at home and watch it, hear the music come on, you see the teams and you think ‘that’s where you want to be’.

“It’s the pinnacle. It’s the best. It’s the best standard with the best players. It would be nice to taste that one day.”

Downing revealed theclub are looking to extend his current deal but has admitted talks have not been successful thus far.

“My agent had a meeting with the club - just one meeting - and he just felt it was the right time not to sign my contract," he said.

“I’ve still got two years to go, so I’ve still got a long time to go, so I just decided to leave it as it is.

“Will I be at Villa next season? I’m not sure. I mean, we had the meeting with the club, we expressed our feelings and they said to me they’re going to improve the team and the squad.

“So, as far as I know, I’ll still be reporting back for pre- season because I’ve heard nothing.”

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