Manager comments on Aston Villa move amid James Ward-Prowse hint

Despite Southampton’s new takeover, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has conceded that his star players will continue to leave St. Mary’s.

Aston Villa were one of several clubs who have picked off Southampton’s prized assets over recent years under their former ownership, as Danny Ings made the £30million switch to Villa Park in the summer.

Villa were also keen to wrap up a deal for their captain James Ward-Prowse to join the club before the start of the new season, and saw a bid in excess of £20million turned down.

The England international midfielder is no stranger to Villa’s recruitment team and Steven Gerrard might be tempted to relaunch a bid to sign the Saints skipper following Hasenhuttl”s reluctant admission.

New Southampton owners Sport Republic last week bought an 80 per cent stake in the club and should allow Saints to move more quickly in the move market, but Hasenhuttl admits it will keep difficult to keep keep up of top talent.

“Yes, it is tough if you lose players in the summer, it is tough if you lose your top scorer,” said the Austrian.

“It takes a bit of time to build up a new team but this is the job you have to do if you want to be the manager of this club, because it will also happen in the future.

“This is normal in football, especially for us as a club.

“With all the potential we had after every season and then we lose our best players, you have to start again and again and again.

“But this is the way you have to work and – in the end – when you have the patience and the passion for this club, then you know that you’ll come back.

“It’s important that you keep on going and keep on finding solutions.”

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