Last month Carles Gil spoke warmly about staying at Deportivo La Coruna beyond the end of the season. Gil, on loan from Aston Villa, explained: “The first thing is to talk to Aston Villa. Here I am very happy, but now the priority is to achieve the goal of salvation. I hope I can stay.”

Salvation (escape from relegation) looks likely, but that doesn’t mean Gil will get his permanent Aston Villa exit. There have already been claims in Spain that such deals will be difficult for Depor, due to their financial situation, and that thread is continuing.

Spain’s Tele Indiscreta say that ‘in principle’ Gil will return to Aston Villa. There’s a possibility of a stay, but whilst for others certain clauses and ongoing talks are mentioned, there’s nothing for Villa’s young Spaniard.

Gil’s contract with Aston Villa lasts until June 2019, and the Championship club would be fortunate to get back the roughly £3.5m they paid Valencia. An alternative is to happily accept Gil back and see what Steve Bruce can do with him, but Gil himself may not be keen on that.

Depor’s initial negotiating standpoint would likely be to ask Aston Villa for another loan.