Contrary to recent reports suggesting he would sign with Aston Villa, Michael Bradley will not be returning to the English Premier League club when the new season begins this summer.
According to Bradley's agent, New York-based representative Ron Waxman, Bradley will not be signing with Aston Villa. Waxman confirmed the decision to FOX Soccer on Monday.
Currently under contract to German club Borussia Moenchengladbach, Bradley joined Villa in January but struggled for playing time in a crowded central midfield under then-head coach Gerard Houlier.
Bradley's Villa future was ultimately determined by new head coach Alex McLeish, who looks to have chosen to go in a different direction rather than spend transfer funds to purchase Bradley from Moenchengladbach.
Bradley's next step is unclear, but a return to Borussia Moenchengladbach is extremely unlikely. A return to the Premier League, or even a move to Serie A, is a possibility for the 23-year-old central midfielder, who happens to be enjoying an outstanding Gold Cup tournament.
Bradley joins goalkeeper Brad Friedel as Americans who have left Aston Villa this summer, with goalkeeper Brad Guzan looking like a good bet to depart as well. If Guzan leaves, that would leave Eric Lichaj as the lone remaining American on the roster.
Ives Galarcep is a senior writer for FoxSoccer.com covering Major League Soccer and the U.S. national team.