Steven Gerrard backs Douglas Luiz to 'understand Arsenal situation'

Steven Gerrard backs Douglas Luiz to ‘understand the situation’ and refocus quickly for Man City clash after Aston Villa rejected THREE deadline day bids from Arsenal for the Brazilian

  • Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has backed Douglas Luiz to refocus quickly
  • Villa rejected three deadline day bids from Arsenal for the Brazil midfielder
  • Gerrard said the club didn’t want to lose a key player so close to the deadline
  • Luiz and Gerrard spoke yesterday and Luiz is said to respect Villa’s decision 

Boss Steven Gerrard believes Douglas Luiz will understand why Aston Villa rejected Arsenal’s deadline-day moves for him.

The Gunners had three bids turned down on Thursday, the last being around £25million.

Midfielder Luiz, who scored against Arsenal in Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat at the Emirates, is out of contract next summer but Gerrard expects him to refocus quickly.

Aston Villa rejected three bids from Arsenal for midfielder Douglas Luiz on deadline day

Villa boss Steven Gerrard has backed Luiz to understand the situaiton and the club’s decision

He said: ‘I’ve got confidence he’ll understand the situation and the club’s decision, we didn’t want to lose a very important player and a top player so late in the window.

‘From a personal point of view, I very much back the club’s decision and stance on that. I spoke to Dougie face to face yesterday and he understood where it was at and the position that the club was in.

‘He very much respects the decision. Hopefully it will calm down in the hours and days to come and he’ll be fine moving forward.’

Luiz has made 116 appearances for Aston Villa since joining the club for £15million in 2019

Villa, who sit second bottom of the Premier League, host Manchester City on Saturday after Gerrard added two new players on deadline day.

Midfielder Leander Dendoncker joined from Wolves for £13million and Southampton defender Jan Bednarek signed on loan.

Dendoncker is a doubt with a throat problem while Diego Carlos is out with a long-term Achilles injury.

Bednarek, brought in to help cover for the loss of Carlos, chose Villa over West Ham but the 26-year-old feels it was the right decision.

Gerrard’s side currently sit 19th in the Premier League, with four defeats from five games so far

Jan Bednarek (left) and Leandro Dendoncker (right) both signed for Aston Villa on deadline day

He said: ‘It was an emotional day. One minute I am going to West Ham, another minute Villa. There were a lot of conversations with Southampton and all the managers. I ended up at Villa and I’m really happy with the decision. It was a good decision.

‘It wasn’t easy because if you have another option you have to take the decision like an adult and this is real life.

‘It was a tough problem but a good problem. I’m really happy I have these issues in my life, that I have to choose between two Premier League teams.’

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