Leander Dendoncker: Aston Villa sign Belgian midfielder from Wolves | Soccer News

Aston Villa have confirmed the Deadline Day signing of Leander Dendoncker from Wolves.

The Belgium international traveled through the Midlands from Molineux to Villa Park after an undisclosed fee, believed to be £13million, was agreed between the two clubs earlier on Thursday.

The length of the contract he has signed has not been disclosed at this stage.

Dendoncker, 27, made 159 appearances for Wolves after joining Anderlecht, initially on loan in 2018 and permanently a year later.

His sale could persuade Aston Villa to accept an improved offer from Arsenal for midfielder Douglas Luiz.

So far, Villa have rejected offers of £20m and £23m earlier on Thursday and, as things stand, Villa are not ready to sell Luiz to Arsenal.

Gerrard: I don’t control Douglas Luiz’s situation

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Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard admits Douglas Luiz’s future at the club is in his hands as he has little time left on his contract.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard says his recruitment team is also working hard to provide a boost for Deadline Day – although he also discussed Luiz’s potential exit.

“I don’t control that,” said Gerrard, when asked if Luiz – who scored a sensational goal from a corner – would still be at the club late Thursday. “There are more than two people controlling this, but I’m definitely not one of them.

“It will be Douglas, it will be his agent’s decision as to what happens around that. I would like to keep him because he is a fantastic player. I made that very clear.

“We’re not in a position where we have to lose our best players, but at the same time Douglas has another year to go, and it’s one of those really tricky situations where the club has to do what is the best for the club and not necessarily what’s best for me.”

Of the arrivals he said: “Obviously there’s very little time left, but people are working very hard in the background to try and get support where we need it. I don’t think it’s had any impact. makes sense to me to say where and how much, but we’re working hard to try to make additions and have one or two go the other way.”

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