New Stoke City boss Paul Lambert has admitted that Aston Villa couldn't have afforded to keep Marc Albrighton at Villa Park during his time in charge.
The Tamworth-born winger has since gone on to win the Premier League with Leicester City, shocking the whole of England at the end of the 2015/16 season when they pipped the top flight's big six to the title.
His exploits have also seen him feature in the Champions League, and Lambert has also had to admit his surprise at how well the 28-year-old has done since leaving Villa on a free transfer in 2014, having been with the side since the age of eight.
Albrighton has insisted that he was shocked at not being offered a new deal by the club. But speaking via the Leicester Mercury, Lambert has explained that it was simply a matter of not being able to afford the player.