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McClaren key to Aston Villa keeping Downing

Steve McClaren could be key to convincing Stewart Downing to stay at Aston Villa.

Arsenal and Liverpool are chasing England international winger Downing.

The Sun says if McClaren gets the job, one of his first tasks will be to try and persuade his former Middlesbrough star Downing to stay.

Downing, 26, is stalling on a new Villa Park deal.

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