Why Tuanzebe left Aston Villa for Naples – the athletic

Axel Tuanzebe’s affinity with Aston Villa is over as he decides to cut his loan spell at the club short and start an exciting new chapter in his Napoli career.

For a player who has never been officially owned by the club, but has featured in three of the past five seasons, Tuanzebe has been through a lot in burgundy and blue.

The 24-year-old arrived at Villa Park on loan as one of the last signing of the Tony Xia era, won promotion through the playoffs in 2019 and started this season with new hopes of becoming a regular. of the Premier League. He wanted it to work at Villa – and would have considered a permanent move if it did – but there won’t be a fairytale ending.

Tuanzebe also left Villa, most likely for the last time, as he returned to Manchester United last week and then headed straight to Napoli where he will end this season on loan.

The chance to play under Luciano Spalletti – the manager who revealed his exact plan for the defender at Napoli – has appealed, as has the allure of playing a leading role in the push for a Serie A title and a success in the Europa League, starting with a tantalizing game against Barcelona next month.

Villa had pushed Manchester United to include an option to sign Tuanzebe in the loan deal when he joined him this summer, but they were not enthusiastic.

This campaign was recognized as pivotal for Tuanzebe who had played a small role the past two seasons at Old Trafford, but intensified when he was called up; Notably in that flawless performance against Paris Saint Germain in United’s Champions League campaign last season.

No longer seen as a youngster making his way into the game, he wanted to make an impact at Villa to strengthen his position this summer.

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