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Published: 01:02 | 11/2/16

Garde ready to stay at Villa


Remi Garde will remain as Aston Villa manager if the board allow him the resources to restructure the squad this summer.

The Villans, who missed out on top targets Mathieu Debuchy, Seydou Doumbia and Wahbi Khazri during the transfer window, are likely to be relegated from the Premier League in May unless they can recover an eight-point deficit in the final 13 matches of the season.

"Obviously I targeted a few players who could strengthen us," Garde told French radio station RMC.

"It has not been possible for various reasons, from our situation not being very attractive for players to an American owner who has already lost a lot of money over the last five years. There is talk of £300 million so it is not nothing."

Asked if he would remain with Villa in the Championship, Garde replied: "This will be discussed when we prepare for next season, that is at the end of the championship or even a little before.

"I am ready to stay at the club if there are the resources to get back up. Aston Villa is a very big club, very prestigious in England. Unfortunately, when you see it up close, there is a lot of work to do. But it is a project that could interest me if you give me the means, as was originally planned."

Villa have lost just two of their past seven games in all competitions since, and secured their third Premier League win of the season by beating Norwich City on Saturday, and goalkeeper Mark Bunn believes the FA Cup draw at Wycombe on 9 January was the turning point.

"That was the lowest the team has been but it just shows great character from everyone to come back from that. To go from that to the run we are on now is just fantastic," he said.

"When it's such a massive club the situation we were in wasn't acceptable. The lads were obviously disappointed in their own performances and how everything went. As you can see we've grown as a team now, we seem to be stronger than ever, and we're pulling together as a team now."

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