Loan stars boost

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! -

AS­TON VILLA’S pro­mo­tion hopes look set for a boost from Jose Mour­inho and Maurizio Sarri.

New boss Dean Smith has re­ceived feed­back from Manch­ester United and Chelsea that two of his club’s star loa­nees will be stay­ing put.

Smith has been impressed with both de­fender Axel Tuanzebe and striker Tammy Abra­ham and was hop­ing that they would not be re­called to Old Traf­ford or Stam­ford Bridge re­spec­tively.

Smith said: “Last week Ed­die New­ton, who is in charge of the loans at Chelsea, came up to see how Tammy was go­ing. He seemed re­ally pleased.

“And this week we have had Manch­ester United on to us, just check­ing on Axel and there’s been no red flags from ei­ther of them to sug­gest that they want them back which is good news for us.”

Smith’s as­sis­tant, John Terry, has links with Mour­inho and Chelsea. He added: “I’d like to think that might swing it in our favour.” NEIL MOX­LEY

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