Why Villa's Andreas Weimann Is Not the Answer for Internazionale

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMarch 21, 2013

Aston Villa are locked in their own private battle to sign Andreas Weimann to a new contract.

The Austrian revelation's deal runs up until the summer of 2014, meaning Villa risk losing him on a pre-contract at Christmas if they cannot tie him down during the coming summer months.

Both parties are working towards a deal, and the player himself has professed loyalty to the club that raised him from his teenage years:

Andreas Weimann @andiweimann

The reports in the papers about rejecting the contract are not true ! I've always been happy here and talks are still ongoing !!

Even still, it appears that his agent is prepared to do the necessary digging to force the club into action and has started bandying his name about—starting with Internazionale.

Weimann's representative told InterLive (via Football-Italia.net):

His contract with Villa expires in 2014, so if they do not renew then he could be sold over the summer.

Playing in Serie A? It would be an honour for Weimann to wear the jersey of an historic and prestigious club like Inter.

However, as I said, so far there is nothing concrete.

There's not an awful lot to go on, and his agent admits there's nothing concrete, so this appears to be a fishing technique to hurry Villa into producing a deal worthy of signing.

But Weimann is a perfect fit at Villa and wouldn't suit Internazionale—this link doesn't suit either party, in actual fact.

The Austrian international is a hero at Villa Park, and if it wasn't for Christian Benteke, he would be the fan's No. 1 by common consensus.

Embroiled in a relegation battle, Villa need men who will bust a lung, stick out a foot and go the extra mile at every opportunity. Weimann is someone who goes the extra mile without question, and his recent hardworking Man of the Match performance against Queens Park Rangers proves why he's so valuable to Villa.

But does that value translate to the Nerazzurri?

They're not suffering from relegation troubles, more an epic fall from grace that's seen them go from champions of Europe in 2010 to scraping into the UEFA Europa League in 2013.

Inter have a massive squad full of capable players; they just need to add sprinkles of world-class quality in certain areas to take the next, vital steps.

Rodrigo Palacio and Antonio Cassano are excellent players, and Weimann would sacrifice first-team football, with Paul Lambert, to sit behind these two established stars in the pecking order at the San Siro.

Who's to say Weimann isn't the world-class fit Inter need in three years time? No one. His growth is so rapid, and his attitude so right, anything could happen for him.

But not now. It simply isn't the right time.


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