Alan Hutton today spoke up for the Villa outcasts and hit out at manager Paul Lambert’s methods of dealing with unwanted players.
Hutton is in line to play for Scotland against Belgium tonight but is without a future in club football.
He’s not wanted by Lambert for first-team duty but Villa blocked another loan deal abroad this week, leaving Hutton pinning his hopes on a Championship switch next week.
Hutton revealed a group of outcasts were forced to train together. He was delighted at Scotland team-mate Barry Bannan’s move to Crystal Palace on deadline day.
He said: “There were lots of us; Darren Bent, Stephen Ireland – I am talking international players – and Charles N’Zogbia, who have just been put to the side. For me it is not what should be done. We are not kids.
“I was buzzing for Barry that he got out because he is a great player and doesn’t deserve to be treated like that. Unfortunately for myself it didn’t come off and I am angry about it.”
Hutton enjoyed a successful loan spell with Real Mallorca last term and expected to be allowed to return to La Liga on Monday after three offers from Spain.
But Villa refused to sanction another loan move.