Arriving on a free from SM Caen, Frédéric Guilbert was the main right-back at Aston Villa last season.
The defender filled his role adequately, and helped the club avoid relegation to the Championship along the way, playing the full 90 minutes against Arsenal and West Ham to see off the campaign.
The summer didn’t go his way, however, as Dean Smith asked for reinforcements, which he got in the form of Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest.
Unfortunately for Guilbert, the Englishman’s arrival has meant he has practically been forgotten, featuring just twice in the EFL Cup in all competitions this season.
Le défenseur français a repoussé les avances de la formation turque.
— Ignazio Genuardi (@IgnazioGenuardi) January 13, 2021
This is why a move away from Villa Park is very likely in January, but it appears he won’t just go anywhere to get game time.
We previously relayed claims that Lorient in Ligue 1 were said to be keen, and there have since been moves from Istanbul Basaksehir, who came forward with a potential loan.
This comes from French journalist Ignazio Genuardi, who has since updated the situation, reporting that Guilbert has ‘rejected the advances from the Turkish club’.
Perhaps he has his eyes on a return to France?