Aston Villa captain says his goodbyes following play-off heartache

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Aston Villa captain says his goodbyes following play-off heartache

Fulham secured their return to the Premier League with a 1-0 defeat of Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Saturday.

However, if the Midlands outfit were to secure promotion on Saturday they would need further additions to adequately equip themselves for the gruelling nature of the Premier League. "I've been playing all season not fully fit".

Steve Bruce's Villa side were active throughout but failed to truly threaten a side which finished one place and five points above them in the final Championship table.

Brighton, Wolves, Anderlecht and Marseille have all made checks on the player over the a year ago, but Fulham are leading the race to sign him.

"They can sign but it depends on them. We are a Premier League team".

Indeed League One sides have been enquiring, however noises from Clare's camp suggest the feeling is he can play at a higher level than that where he featured on loan last season with Gillingham.

This was no coincidental collision, Fredericks knew exactly what he was doing and a red card should have been given.

Jokanovic said: "That transfer window was successful and gave an important push for the team".

He is a likely departee, while Villa's star attraction, 22-year-old midfielder Jack Grealish, is likely to be a target for Premier League clubs in the summer. We need to be fearless, we need to make investment, we need to spend money to survive or to make a more important step.

Captaining his side yet again, the 27-year-old was a key component in the midfield battle up against tough opposition in Robert Snodgrass, Mile Jedinak and Conor Hourihane.

"It is very disappointing", said Aston Villa full-back and former Hull City player Ahmed Elmohamady.

The Villans were a much better side in the early stages of the second stanza, showing a sense of urgency as they pushed for an equaliser.

Despite Gray's struggles at Watford, he still has plenty to offer in the Premier League and, having previously excelled at Brentford, there's no doubt he can play the lone striker role in a possession-based team.

Villa missed a ideal opportunity to go level when a cross by Albert Adomah picked out Jack Grealish, who powered his effort over the bar on 51 minutes.

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