By Graham Hill
TAMMY ABRAHAM has ruled out staying with Aston Villa next season.
And that could be the signal for boss Dean Smith to set up a move for Brentford’s Neal Maupay.
Abraham has been on loan at Villa all season and came close to signing for Wolves in January.
The on loan Chelsea striker also spent time at Swansea last season.
But the England Under-21 striker has made it clear he wants to make a name for himself at Stamford Bridge if he can.
That means even if Villa were to be promoted to the Premier League, Abraham would not be staying.
But the news will come as no surprise to Smith.
He said recently: “If Tammy gets 30 goals this season, he’ll never need to play in the Championship again.”
That suggests even a return on loan for Abraham next season looks to be off the table.
Smith will undetake a major squad rebuild this summer and his former Griffin Park forward Maupay is sure to be one of his top priorities.
Abraham confirmed he sees his future at Chelsea when he spoke to Sky Sports.
He said: “That’s the aim going into next season.
“As a young kid, I’ve always believed I’d play for Chelsea.
“I always believe that. I think I have the ability to. I just have to, when I get the opportunity, grab it with two hands.”