Aston Villa plan to let midfielder leave on permanent deal this summer

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Aston Villa plan to let Leander Dendoncker leave on a permanent basis this summer, according to a report by Football Insider.

The Belgium international, who has 32 caps under his belt for his country so far in his career, is currently out on loan in Italy with Napoli.

He is due to return to Villa Park this summer when his temporary deal in Serie A expires. However, his long-term future with Unai Emery's side is up in the air right now, despite him being under contract until June 2026.

Aston Villa signed Dendoncker from fellow Midlands side Wolves back in 2022 and he has since made 36 appearances for them in all competitions, 15 of which came earlier this season.

He was given the green light to head out the exit door on a temporary basis in the January transfer window when Napoli came calling for his signature to get some more game time under his belt.

Cutting ties with him permanent in the next window would be a sensible move by Aston Villa. It would free up space and funds in their ranks to bring in other players who suit Emery's style of play more.

There is no doubt that Dendoncker is a useful player to have in the squad as he is versatile and can play in either defence or midfield. However, his spell with Villa hasn't really worked out and an exit would suit all parties involved.

He has also played for Anderlecht in the past.