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Chelsea transfer target not put off by Mauricio Pochettino exit as agent confirms interest

Jhon Duran celebrates after scoring their third goal during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool FC at Villa Park.
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Mauricio Pochettino's exit from Chelsea won't halt their pursuit of Jhon Duran, the Aston Villa forward's agent has claimed.

In a chat with Caracol, a Colombian radio station, Jonathan Herrera opened up about the 20-year-old's prospects and his eagerness to compete in the Champions League. Despite this ambition, Herrera highlighted that Duran hasn't been a regular starter, with just three Premier League starts last term and 20 substitute appearances.

Via Sport Witness, he remarked: "He is a player who has a contract with Aston Villa, he ended up doing very well and the coach is counting on him, it is a club that, having got into the Champions League is a great opportunity, but we know he wants to play, he wants to go out and play, we are going to see. Now the market is opening up, the club is looking at some options and so are we.

Regarding the buzz around Duran's potential move to Chelsea and whispers of a swap involving Conor Gallagher, Herrera responded to Chelsea's interest and Pochettino's Stamford Bridge departure

"The interest has always been there. The fact that Pochettino continues or leaves the club [shouldn't affect], the one who want him in the end is the club," he added.

"He is a player that if they change coach or not, we will see what happens, but there has always been interest. Let's see how we can handle it and make sure Aston Villa are ready."

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Unai Emery has heaped praise on the young talent following his brace against Liverpool at Villa Park in the club's final home game of the season, highlighting his youth and potential. "He is very young - 20 years old. His potential, it is impossible to predict how far he is going to get."

"I believe in him. It is different football in Colombia. Tactically, the football is very different in the Premier League. We are working with him a lot. I know he is going to score, get chances and use his power. His potential is clear, but we need to manage him as a young person."