Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe’s agent, who is also his brother, claims Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa entry caused his exit. The United academy star left Villa due to an ex-Liverpool player’s arrival, which cut Tuanzebe’s Aston Villa loan spell short.
Axel Tuanzebe actually started the 2021-22 season as a first-team regular. But, following former Liverpool player and Rangers coach Steven Gerrard’s November appointment, Tuanzebe saw only eight minutes of action.
Thus, after persisting transfer rumours, Tuanzebe finally returned to Old Trafford from the Birmingham club at the start of January. From hence, moreover, the player has already secured another short-term move.
United Academy Star Left Villa Due to an Ex-Liverpool Player’s Arrival
Now, the 24-year-old will line up for Napoli for the rest of the season. And Tuanzebe hopes to find more playing time than under the ex-Liverpool legend.
“Axel is very excited to begin a new chapter in his football career, playing abroad and for a club with so much history behind it and fans who worship football,” Dimitri Tuanzebe, the player’s brother and agent, told ESPN.
“Axel didn’t decide to move until it became very clear that he isn’t the manager’s first-choice centre-back and the Napoli offer was very tempting.
“I have a lot of mixed emotions when it comes to Axel’s time at Villa. He is loved by the fans as he contributed highly to the club’s success in the Championship, where he was one of the key players that helped Villa return to the Premier League.
“However, following the arrival of Steven Gerrard at Villa Park, it felt as if the rivalry between Man Utd and Liverpool came to life.
“For the avoidance of doubts, Axel was very open to staying at Villa, he loves the fans, being in Birmingham, but he also has a career that he can only build and reach his full potential in an environment where opportunities to play are fair.”