O’Neill insists Forest’s Shorey can have Villa future

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill says he's not seeking to sell Nicky Shorey, currently on-loan at Nottingham Forest.

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill says he's not seeking to sell Nicky Shorey, currently on-loan at Nottingham Forest.

The former England defender began the season in Villa's starting XI but was instantly replaced by Warnock after his switch from Blackburn in August.

O'Neill said: "Selling Nicky is not something that I am looking to do at this minute and nothing concrete has developed. If there was an offer, I would sit down with Nicky and his agent to discuss it but I am not actively seeking (to sell him).

"Nicky thought when Stephen Warnock arrived that his chances would be limited at the time. But he is capable of fighting back. I think he is enjoying it immensely at Forest and he's playing which is what he wanted to do."

O'Neill has been keeping close tabs on how Shorey has been progressing at the City Ground and feels he can make an impression at Villa if he improves the defensive side of his game.

He said: "We've had people at every game he's played in and I've also got the matches on DVD.

"I think going forward he has done very well and if he tightens up his game defensively, he has loads to offer - and I think he has tried to do that."

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