Garde: All quiet on Kozak front

Aston Villa boss Remi Garde remained non-committal of the future of Libor Kozak after revealing he is still waiting on offers for the striker.

The Czech Republic international’s career at Villa Park was cast into doubt when Garde declared earlier this month that he could move on during the January transfer window.

Kozak was handed his first Premier League start of the season, and his third appearance under the Frenchman, on Tuesday in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Garde admits he was impressed with the performance of the 26-year-old against the Eagles, having rewarded him for his efforts in training, but failed to say the player still had a future at the club.

“He is still an Aston Villa player, we’ll wait and see. I have no offers on the table at the moment,” the 49-year-old said.

“I was pleased with the way he played – I would have liked one or two goals and probably he has the same feeling – but he gave me an answer in the first month we had together.

“He worked very hard with a very good attitude in the training sessions, it’s why I thought I could give him an opportunity to play.”