Dean Smith has pulled the plug on selling Aston Villa defender Bjorn Engels in this window, Football Insider can reveal.
The Villa manager had decided to allow the centre-back to leave – either on loan or permanently – earlier in the summer.
A Villa source has told Football Insider that Smith has made a U-turn and changed his mind on letting Engels, 26, go.
He is keen to maintain competition for places in the backline of the Midlands giants as well as have back-up amid what is an intense fixture list in the shortened season.
The Belgian centre-back has slipped down the pecking order at Villa Park after initially being a regular when he signed in the summer of 2019.
The £7m capture from French club Stade Reims was deployed as Tyrone Mings’ partner in the first half of the campaign and started 15 Premier League matches before the March lockdown.