Serie A giants cool interest in Aston Villa loan man

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Juventus have cooled their interest in Aston Villa loan man Nicolo Zaniolo, according to a report by Italian news outlet TuttoMercato.

The attacker made the move to Villa Park on loan last summer from Galatasaray and he is due to return to his parent club at the end of this season.

Zaniolo, 24, has had to bide his time for opportunities with Aston Villa so far this season and has not been a regular starter.

He has been effective off the bench on a couple of occasions though and scored league goals against Sheffield United and West Ham.

Despite his lack of minutes, Zaniolo is still an admirer of Unai Emery. He has recently said, as per an interview with Corrierre Dello Sport: “I deserve more chances at Aston Villa, but I can say that Emery is one of the strongest coaches, I put him on the same level as Guardiola, Klopp and Mourinho. He is improving me in every aspect.

He also hinted at a potential return to Italy later this year: “I miss Italy a lot, my family, my friends, my son… Now, however, it’s up to the clubs to define my future, I belong to Galatasaray.

"In the meantime, I want to express my gratitude for Monchi, who has once again bet on about me after taking me to Roma when I was 19.”

Aston Villa face Wolves this weekend as they continue to chase down the Champions League. They are three points inside the top four.