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Alan Hutton's Mallorca move from Villa hits rocks

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Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton's move to Real Mallorca today looked doomed after coach Llorenc Serra Ferrer claimed it had hit the rocks.


The stopper looked set to return to Spain after entering talks with Mallorca, where he spent five months on loan last season.

Hutton, who cost Villa £3million from Tottenham in 2011, was primed for a season-long loan move after Mallorca's relegation from La Liga meant they could not afford a permanent deal.

But, after speaking to Hutton, Ferrer said talks had broken down with the Scotland international.

He said: "Today I am pessimistic. Everything had gone well, starting talks with Aston Villa, which was the most difficult and complicated because they introduced illogical clauses.

"We had also done well with the finances, because we could not pick up the entire tab for Hutton.

"But it has become complicated because the player is now asking for other things and that cannot be. It has to stop."

Hutton is training away from the first team, along with Darren Bent, Stephen Ireland and Barry Bannan, and has not played a competitive game under boss Paul Lambert.

He made 16 appearances for Mallorca last season after joining them in January and had said he was keen to return.