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Steve Bruce set to sanction loan move for Aston Villa defender - report

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13.09.2018

Ritchie De Laet is reportedly set to be offered an Aston Villa exit route by Melbourne City.

Reports in Australia say that De Laet, who has featured twice for Villa in the Carabao Cup this season, is poised to join Melbourne in a move which would see him reunite with former coach Warren Joyce.

De Laet came through at Royal Antwerp when Joyce was head coach there - and the defender joined Manchester United from Stoke City in 2009 on the recommendation of then United under-21 coach Joyce.

It is said that De Laet, who has a year left to run on his contract, will move to Melbourne on loan.

Villa sent striker Ross McCormack on loan to the A-League side last season.

De Laet has made 14 appearances for Villa since arriving in 2016.

Should a move to Melbourne go through, he would fill the club's........

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