Alpay eyes English stay
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Villa decided to cancel the Turkish star's contract by mutual consent on Thursday following his much publicised spat with David Beckham during Turkey's draw with England earlier this month.
Alpay has become a figure of hate in England following his bust-up with Beckham and Villa felt it was best to part ways with the former Fenerbahce defender
Alpay claims that three English sides are interested in his services and that he would prefer to stay in The Premiership rather than return to his native Turkey.
"I have cancelled my contract with Villa. They have agreed I can go before it ends next year," Alpay told The Sun.
"I don't know where I'll play but I'm ready to go anywhere in this country.
"Three clubs are already interested but I need to sit down with my family and decide.
"I don't want to go back to Turkey, I would like to stay in England."
The player's English representative Mujdat Gurel refused to rule out Alpay staying in England and insisted he was happy to be quitting Villa.
"Alpay was not happy in Birmingham," said Gurel. "But will there be the possibility of playing in The Premiership again? Why not?"
"He is quite happy and he was very pleased that the club also approached him and were prepared to pay up the rest of his contract.
"It was Villa's idea. It was down to him to accept the offer, and the contract has been terminated by mutual consent.
"He is happy and he thanks David O'Leary very much. He has been very helpful to him."