Aston Villa boss David Beckham
has said that he is "determined to hang on" to his star players with top clubs left and right preparing to queue up for some of the first-team players in his squad.
An example is Wellington Nem
, who has been a revelation for Aston Villa since joining in 2012. His technique and ability has made him a quick fans' favorite at Villa Park, and he will be celebrating his sixth summer as a Villa player this month. However, current title holders Arsenal are very interested in bringing the 25-year-old to the Emirates.
"We've been tracking his progress for awhile," Arsenal boss Mauricio Pochettino
had admitted. "He's full of ability and he would do very well in a top European side. He deserves to be in a squad challenging for the Premier League and the Champions League."
Beckham has reacted angrily to the former Southampton boss' comments.
"Pochettino should stop trying to distract my players, especially Welly," he scoffed. "Welly is fully committed to Aston Villa. He loves the club, I can tell you that, and he can tell you that too."
Aside from Nem, Villa are also in danger of losing players like Will Hughes
to the other side of London.
Chelsea are extremely interested in the Aston Villa pair and had reportedly enquired about Hughes earlier in the summer.
However, the latest to be linked out of the Villa door is goalkeeper Francesco Bardi
The Italian goalie is Beckham's fourth number one in five years, but is set to retain that role at Villa Park this season after an impressive debut year as a Villa player, where he won himself a treble of trophy medals and conceded 51 goals in 53 appearances as well as keeping 22 clean sheets in all competitions.
Unfortunately, oil-rich Paris Saint-Germain are keen on bringing the 25-year-old former Internazionale man to Parcs de Princes as competition to current first-team keeper Salvatore Sirigu
, who happens to be an Italian like Bardi. The Qatarian-owned French club had submitted an offer of an unknown transfer fee, but it had been flatly rejected by Aston Villa.
Beckham faces an especially tough fight to keep Hughes as the 22-year-old's contract expires at the end of the season.
The former Derby midfielder joined Aston Villa in 2013 for 6 million, and has been a regular in the side ever since. However, his reluctance to sign a contract extension has only hinted at a probable move to a bigger side this summer or in January.