Aston Villa midfielder Birkir Bjarnason opted against leaving the club during the winter transfer window because he wanted to fight for his place in the team, according to a report.

Birmingham Live claims that the senior Villa man rejected offers to move in January, with Turkish giants Fenerbahce one of the clubs interested in his services.

It is said that the Championship club were trying to move on the 30k-a-week player amoung growing fears regarding Financial Fair Play during the previous window.

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Bjarnason, who was signed by Steve Bruce during the summer window of 2017, has featured in a sporadic fashion since Deam Smith walked through the doors in October.

The 30-year-old has started only four Championship matches since Smith’s first game in charge and he has only played six minutes of football since the end of January [transfermarkt].

Considering his age, lack of game time, lack of importance to the team and the road Villa are planning to go down in terms of giving younger players a chance then it won’t be a surprise to see Bjarnason’s time in B6 come to an end.

At this moment in time, the likes of Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan, John McGinn and Mile Jedinak all get ahead of him in the matchday squad.

Regardless of whether Villa earn promotion to the Premier League, it is highly likely that a number of the club’s senior players will be parting ways sooner rather than later.

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