Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland has told manager Gerard Houllier that he wants to leave Villa Park in the January transfer window.
Ireland, 24, joined Villa in the summer as part of the deal that involved James Milner moving to Manchester City.
"He said he wanted to go in January," said Houllier. "He said that to his agent. I'm not so convinced about that.
"Have I told him to move? No, no, no. Once a player wants to go, he goes. Simple as that."
The Frenchman, who told Ireland to work harder soon after he succeeded Martin O'Neill, left the Irishman out of Villa's squad for the recent derby with West Brom and has excluded him for Saturday's match at Wigan.
"There is a discrepancy between what I see in training sometimes and what I see in the games. I told his agent that is his problem, he has got to sort that out," said Houllier.
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