Villa’s Lichaj hoping to remain at Leeds

Leeds United loanee Eric Lichaj hopes he can remain with the English Championship club for the rest of the season.

The 22-year old US defender is on a month’s loan from Premier League club Aston Villa but says he would love to stay in a first team environment which he does not experience all that often at Villa Park.

"There were two other teams who were interested and then Leeds came in and right away I just decided to go there," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"Leeds are a bigger (Championship) club than the other two who were interested. Right now, I'm desperate for some games and that's why I'm here.

"It actually started off well (at Villa) in pre-season - I got my first start for Aston Villa and the US national team as well - but now I'm here I want to play some games for the rest of this season.

"The manager (Gerard Houllier) said he wanted me out on loan to get some games and obviously he's brought in a few players and I just need to get some games and hopefully change his mind in the future.

"I just want to be playing and this is a great club and I'd like to stay until the end of the season, if possible. I'm open-minded.

"I've been out on loan before, but coming to Leeds is a different level and there's more quality (in the Championship) and you could just tell in the (Bristol) game."

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