Michael Bradley could stay at Villa

Michael Bradley’s loan deal at Villa could yet become a permanent arrangement - despite his lack of first-team action since joining the club.

Michael Bradley’s loan deal at Villa could yet become a permanent arrangement - despite his lack of first-team action since joining the club.

The American international has started just one game and made one substitute appearance following his move from German side Borussia Moenchengladbach in January.

But Villa assistant boss Gary McAllister today revealed the club could be prepared to make his switch from the Bundesliga club a full time one in the summer.

McAllister said: “Michael has done enough on the training ground to suggest there might be something come the end of the season because he has an honest, hard-working guy as well as a good player.

“It’s true that it has been hard to play him at a time when we have had senior experienced players available in the situation we have been in.

“And that is purely all that has held him back, nothing else, because his attitude has been top draw.

“He is a fantastic professional for such a young guy – he has captained his country don’t forget and he is a top player.

“With four games to go it is something that Gerard and I will be speaking about because there are a few guys in the same boat as Michael.

“We are aware of these things. There are three or four players who we feel that if we have got ourselves into a better position earlier in the season then certain people would get more game time.

“But we’re still very much aware that we need to keep this run going and, when a team does well, you don’t want to be making big changes or changing things for the sake of it.”

Bradley’s future is not the only one under review with Nigel Reo-Coker and Brad Friedel both out of contract in the summer, while Ashley Young will have only 12 months left on his current deal.

But it seems negotiations on all of the above will have to wait until a decision has been made on whether Gerard Houllier is fit to resume managerial duties.

When asked if it would be possible for the club to conclude negotiations without the involvement of the Villa boss, McAllister was pretty unequivocal in his response.

He said: “No. I think we need to be sat down with Gerard, the chairman and Paul Faulkner because they are very important decisions for people’s lives. We’re aware of the situation and it will all be sorted.

"There has been no direct dialogue with these guys yet, but I’m sure they understand the situation.”