Agent claims Tuanzebe left Aston Villa due to Gerrard’s advantage in Liverpool-Man United rivalry

Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe claims that Steven Gerrard’s arrival at Aston Villa forced his client to cut his hosting at the Birmingham club.

Tuanzebe was recalled by United in early January and has already secured another short-term move. The defender before November five starts in the Premier League for Aston Villa, but lost his place as Esri Konza and Tyrone Mings established a strong partnership.

The 24-year-old will play in Naples for the rest of the hosting season and hopes to find more playing time than under former Liverpool legend.

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Manchester United and Liverpool are one of the biggest rivalries in the Premier League, and so in the world. Gerrard, a former Liverpool player who played 504 games and became a club legend, played in this rivalry many times.

According to Tuanzebe’s agent – who is also his brother – Gerrard gave up this allegiance, which caused Tuanzebe to fall out of favor with the new boss of Aston Villa.

“Axel is very excited to be able to start a new chapter in his football career, play abroad and for a club with such a rich history and fans who worship football,” Dimitri Tuanzebe told ESPN. “Axel decided to leave until it was clear that he was not the manager’s central defender of the first election and that Naples’ offer was very tempting.”

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“I have a lot of mixed emotions about Axel’s time at Villa. Fans love him because he contributed greatly to the club’s success at the Championship, where he was one of the key players who helped Villa return to the Premiere.” League. However, after Steven Gerrard arrived at Villa Park, the rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool seemed to revive. “

“For the avoidance of doubt, Axel has been very open to staying in Ville, loves fans, is in Birmingham, but also has a career he can build and reach his full potential only in an environment where the opportunities to play are fair.” . “

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Tuanzebe is a graduate of the United Youth Academy, joining Red Devils for the first time in eight years. In January 2017, he bowed to the first team, but failed to win a regular place in the United line-up, playing just 37 games for the club five years after his debut.

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The former English under-21 youth team experienced better luck in his previous guest appearances at Villa in 2018-19, which ended for Villans advancing back to the Premier League. However, his last engagement lagged behind that success, and while he began the season as a regular first-team player, Tuanzebe was limited to just eight minutes of action after Gerrard’s November appointment.

Tuanzebe debuted in Naples on Sunday as he left the bench for the last 10 minutes of Naples’ 1-0 victory over Sampdoria.


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