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Aston Villa Europa Conference League standing explained after Sevilla Europa League win
Aston Villa remain on the unseeded side of the Europa Conference League play-off round draw following Sevilla’s victory over Roma on Wednesday night.
The Spanish club overcame Jose Mourinho’s side in the Europa League final in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw at the Puskas Arena in Budapest. The win sees Sevilla enter the Champions League, which has a knock on effect for Aston Villa.
Villa qualified for the Europa Conference League via a seventh place Premier League finish, but in order to reach the group stages of the competition, they must first get through a two-legged play-off in August.
Unai Emery outlines Aston Villa plan after Europa Conference League qualification
Villa sealed qualification for the Conference League with a 2-1 win over Brighton last weekend, and will book their place in the group stage if they overcome a two-legged play-off tie in August. Villa's win over Brighton was their 18th of the campaign - which matches the club's record amount of wins in a 38-match season - despite only claiming victory three times in their first 13, before Emery replaced Steven Gerrard.
Emery has reversed the club's fortunes this term with only Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta bettering his points per game average since taking over at Villa Park in November. After the crucial victory over Brighton on Sunday, Emery claimed that qualification for the Europa Conference League is just the start of an exciting journey.
Marco Asensio to Aston Villa transfer update as Real Madrid star makes key decision
Aston Villa transfer target Marco Asesnio will be heading to PSG this summer, according to reports in Spain.
The Real Madrid ace will be leaving the Bernabeu in the coming weeks after joining the club seven years ago. He is set to become a free agent, and Villa boss Unai Emery was determined to make him his first signing of the window.
In an update from AS, Asensio appears to have snubbed Villa's advances, and is instead set to become a PSG player upon the expiration of his Madrid contract. Well-placed sources in Spain told BirminghamLive that Emery had opened dialogue with Asensio over a possible move to Villa Park, with the midfielder set to weigh up his options before playing his last game for Madrid this weekend.
Aston Villa potential destination for Joao Felix as Atletico Madrid make stance clear
Aston Villa have reportedly been named as one of the potential destinations for Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix.
The Portuguese spent this past season on loan at Chelsea after falling out of favour under Atletico boss Diego Simeone. Felix played a total of 16 games for the Blues, contributing four goals.
With the imminent arrival of Mauricio Pochettino at Stamford Bridge, Felix is set to return to the Spanish capital. However, his immediate future at the Wanda Metropolitano remains uncertain.
AS Roma make Tammy Abraham decision amid Aston Villa transfer link
AS Roma are reportedly willing to sell Aston Villa-target Tammy Abraham this summer.
The 25-year-old striker has been on Villa's radar for some time, and is fondly remembered by those associated with the club. Abraham spent a season-long loan stint at B6 during their Premier League promotion campaign in 2018/19.
Following two seasons at Jose Mourinho's Roma, he could be set for a new adventure. Villa who are in the market to bring in a replacement for Danny Ings who left in the January window, could look to complete a transfer swoop.
Aston Villa in transfer battle with Premier League trio as player speaks out amid £40m claim
Aston Villa are reportedly still on James Ward-Prowse's trail as he is set to depart Southampton this summer.
The midfielder is set to end his 20-year stint with the Saints following their relegation to the Championship. The Saints' 11-year stay in the top-flight ended when they fell to a home defeat against Fulham last month.
Following their return to the Championship, there have been questions about Ward-Prowse's immediate future. But he could be set to make a swift return to the top-flight.
Tim Sherwood predicted Aston Villa fate after Randy Lerner chat
Sherwood was appointed as Paul Lambert's successor in February 2015. After eight months in charge and six consecutive defeats, he was relieved of his duties, leaving Villa fighting for survival in 19th place.
Villa were able to avoid the drop finishing three points clear of the bottom three in 17th. But their struggles throughout the campaign was something Sherwood had predicted from the start when he took over.