Ridgewell quells transfer talk
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Aston Villa defender Liam Ridgewell knew nothing of Birmingham's recent interest.
Aston Villa defender Liam Ridgewell admits he knew nothing of Birmingham City's recent interest.
Ridgewell has not started a game for Villa in over a month and was wanted by Blues to replace Matthew Upson during the January transfer window.
Villa boss Martin O'Neill knocked back the enquiry, but the centre-half was unaware of interest from the club's Midlands rivals.
"There was nothing in it as far as I know," Ridgewell told the club's official website.
"Nobody got in touch with me about it, so as far as I know it was just talk.
"I can't control transfer talk and speculation and it certainly wasn't coming from me. I'm at Aston Villa and we'll see what happens over the next few months."
Though he is currently providing the back-up at Villa Park, the defender outlined his determination to break back into the first team.
He added: "I'm striving to get back in the side and obviously disappointed to be out of it.
"I've lost my place before and forced my way back in, so it's up to me to get back into the starting 11 now. It's a test of character and I'm determined to come through it.
"It's not only me. There's plenty of competition now, so there's suddenly a few people trying to get into the team. That'll make it interesting over the next few months."