Steve Bruce says Aston Villa 'cannot keep haemorrhaging money'

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 4, 2017

"I didn't think that it would be possible", said Bruce. "But that's the way it is".

"That's the way it is, it is not a problem to me". That's what's come our way.

Bruce backtracked on his comments when he was asked directly whether the financial position had been spelt out to him before he took charge.

"Every ex-player I spoke to over the summer, the first thing they said to me was "play as long as you can".

Once Antonio Conte made clear that Terry had no further part to play at Stamford Bridge, the 36-year-old, with 18 years as a first-team player behind him, wanted to prove he still had something to offer on the pitch.

Steve Bruce says Aston Villa 'cannot keep haemorrhaging money'

Terry is one of four recruits, each with a wealth of Premier League experience: midfielder Glenn Whelan, signed for £1m from Stoke; defender Chris Samba, a free transfer from Panathinaikos; wing-back/midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady, who cost £1m from Hull - the third time the Egyptian has signed for Bruce. He has also been hit by injuries to Jonathan Kodjia, Mile Jedinak and Jack Grealish.

"We spent an bad lot of money last summer, an terrible lot of money the summer before. The club can't keep haemorrhaging more and more money". "Obviously the way FFP is - it is a complicated beast!" There is talk about scrapping it.

Bruce does not want a scenario where he has to sell one of his best players but conceded he might be left with a big decision to make, should the club receive an offer which would help them avoid sanctions at a later date. Ultimately, the club has spent too much. But there it is. What I've been able to do all summer is generate my own so I've been able to spend. Ideally, we would love to say: 'Cheque books open, we're going to find someone.' It's the problem we've had all summer. We need to box a little bit clever because of FFP. "If that is the case and we do get there, then it's a discussion we'll all have to have".

Bruce described his squad as "still top-heavy". "I might have to sell somebody I don't want to sell".

"But Baker came out of the blue". And when we looked at it we thought that made decent business sense. He's poorly at the moment, I went to see him in hospital. "I am going to have to make some big decisions if they come our way - to balance the books".

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