Writer: Dan Jones
Date:Thursday March 4 2010
Habib Beye joined Villa from Newcastle last summer, and has played 10 times in all competitions. The full-back hasn't even featured in the Premier League at all since November.
The 32-year-old Senegalese international is unhappy at the lack of opportunities this season and claims he will be reviewing the situation during the summer.
'Things are not going too well for me at Villa,' said Beye in the Daily Star. 'I have only played in 10 games in all competitions.
I think this is mainly down to the fact that Carlos Cuellar and Luke Young are seen as the two main right backs by O'Neill and as such Beye is nothing more than a back up fullback.
'This is the first time in 12 years I've had a season like this and it is not easy for me to put up with. I am 32, I feel in good physical shape and I don't see myself sitting on the bench'.
Fair enough, he isn't getting any younger, and will want regular top flight football while he can still get it.
'If I can't express myself as a footballer with Aston Villa, it will be elsewhere. It is the manager's choice. You have to respect his decisions even if you don't accept them as he is the sole captain of the ship.'
That is the point, O'Neill makes the decisions and he has to respect that, and he says he does so no complaints from me, don't blame him for wanting to play regularly but we are playing well and I understand why we are not seeing the likes of Beye breaking into the starting 11.
The report says that Beye would prefer to stay in the Premier League rather than return to France.
The former Marseille defender added: 'French clubs don't punch at the same weight as English ones when it comes to salaries. Returning to France would be complicated for me. The wages in England are twice as high and I can't see a French club investing that much money in a player. I'd consider an interesting challenge in France, but the salary is the problem.'
Ooooh, I am interested to see what people make of this comment, sounds like money is the most important thing to him, despite his primary concern being a lack of first team football. I don't blame him for wanting the money, who wouldn't? But if he is looking for sympathy from the fans, I don't think that comment will gain him much.
I doubt we will see him in Villa colours again and I suspect that Nigel Reo-Coker or Wilfred Bouma will take his place on the bench soon and he will leave in the summer.
All the best to him I say, never really got a chance to show us what he could do.
Date:Thursday March 4 2010
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