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Libor Kozak looks to leave in January

Libor Kozak has no future at Villa, and is wasting no time in leaving

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Libor Kozak's time at Aston Villa is running out, with the striker looking to move on in January.

The striker has yet to feature under Steve Bruce, and speaking to press in his native Czech Republic, he said that he wishes to "restart his career" away from Villa.

This news should come as no surprise to Villa fans. Not only has Kozak featured sporadically since his horror injury almost three years ago, but Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce all but confirmed this news a few weeks ago when he said:

"To be fair to the boy, he’s just got himself back training and fit.

"It’s been a disaster and maybe a change of scenery for him is probably inevitable.

"He needs to go and play football so if we could get a home for him to go and play football, that would probably be good."

The 27 year old signed from Italian side Lazio, and he hasn't ruled out a move back to Italy, though he also hasn't ruled out anywhere, to be fair. Czech out what he said to below (see what I did there?!):

"Either I leave now or in the summer, when my contract expires and I'll be a free agent.

"We'll see what opportunities arise. I will not hide that I would definitely not resist returning to Italy.

"I know it there, I have many friends there, I lived there for a good time.

"I do not rule out anything. As I mentioned, I would most probably drawn back to Italy."

It's a real shame how things worked out for the guy at Villa. He was a decent player before the injury, and though he has since made a full recovery, he permanently looks a step off the pace. Here's hoping that wherever he winds up, he manages to rekindle what once was a bright career.