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Bruce set for showdown talks with Villa chiefs

By Nick Mashiter

Boss Steve Bruce will seek assurances over his Aston Villa future when he meets the new owners today.

The manager's future has been under the spotlight since Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens bought a 55 per cent majority shareholding last week.

Bruce is due to sit down with at least one of Sawiris and Edens in a scheduled meeting today.

Bruce's future has been in limbo and the 57-year-old will ask for clarity amid speculation former Arsenal striker and current Belgium assistant manager Thierry Henry has been lined up to replace him.

Ahead of the meeting, Bruce was still expected to be in charge for the friendly against West Ham at Walsall tonight.

Villa lost the Sky Bet Championship play-off final 1-0 to Fulham in May which plunged them into chaos.

The club missed a tax payment of £4.2million as it emerged owner Tony Xia had struggled to fund Villa last season.

Xia needed to find around £70million to meet their operating costs for the season.

He rejected an offer of £30million for 30 per cent before turning to Sawiris and Edens.

Midfielder Jack Grealish is Villa's most saleable asset and could move to Tottenham.

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