'You've got to really fight' - Bristol Rovers message to Sunderland and Aberdeen target after Aston Villa return

Lamare Bogarde has returned to Aston Villa. He was recalled from his loan at Bristol Rovers. (Image: Getty Images)Lamare Bogarde has returned to Aston Villa. He was recalled from his loan at Bristol Rovers. (Image: Getty Images)
Lamare Bogarde has returned to Aston Villa. He was recalled from his loan at Bristol Rovers. (Image: Getty Images) | Photo: Getty Images
Bristol Rovers did not stand in the way of Aston Villa recalling the reported Aberdeen and Sunderland transfer target.

Matt Taylor has wished Lamare Bogarde well after Aston Villa recalled him from his loan at Bristol Rovers.

The 19-year-old has returned to Villa Park after his season-long loan was cut short by the Premier League club. Bogarde was brought back for a second spell at the Memorial Stadium by Joey Barton, but following his sacking he found opportunities in the first-team hard to come by.

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Bogarde was limited to just a 27-minute cameo under Taylor in the EFL Trophy. He was an unused substitute in the League One games against Blackpool and Portsmouth as well as the FA Cup tie against Crewe Alexandra, but failed to get on to the pitch. He was not included in the last two match day squads and has now gone back to his parent club.

Speaking on his recall, Taylor said: "When I came in to the club five or six weeks ago now he'd been involved to a certain extent but not consistently. I wasn't able to give it to him? Did I see enough in that time to give him that opportunity? Probably not. He's gone back with our best wishes.

"Same as with any player. When you're on loan even more so from a Premier League club you probably expect to be getting more opportunities but you've got to really fight for the chance to play for the shirt at Bristol Rovers. We just feel he didn't quite fit in to the dynamic that has worked for us over the last few weeks."

It was reported earlier this week that it was always the case that Villa would be recalling Bogarde from his loan. They plan to loan him to a Championship club, and The Athletic say that Sunderland are interested, along with Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen.

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