A report by German’s RP Online states that US midfielder Michael Bradley’s option has been picked up by Aston Villa, ending his tenure at Borussia Monchengladbach.
With a vote of confidence from Villa’s 2nd in command Gary McAllister at the end of the campaign and the departure of Nigel Reo-Coker even more so, Bradley’s likely destination appeared to be Villa for some time now.
Bradley will face stiff competition for a perennial starting spot though from Jean Makoun, Fabian Delph and Villa captain Sylvan Petrov in the center of the pitch. Expect more time though for Bradley next term.
A huge thanks to Olaf Nordwich on alerting us to the news.
Other American news:
• Mark Hughes out at Fulham on his own accord with a likely destination…Aston Villa.
• Marcus Hahnemann released by Wolverhampton, likely on his way to….Vancouver in the MLS? Or did the Whitecaps get burned on the elder goalie statesmen in Joe Cannon?