Heskey set for Villa exit

Striker Emile Heskey accepts his spell at Aston Villa will end this summer after not being offered a new contract - but the 34-year-old has no thoughts of retiring.

The former England international is set to play his final game for Villa at Norwich next Sunday as his three and a half year deal is completed. Heskey's first club, Leicester, are being linked with the player but he has an open mind over his future.

He said: "I've enjoyed my spell at Villa. We got to the Carling Cup final, and an FA Cup semi-final. It gave me the chance at Wembley again so I can't complain. But there are no contract talks with Villa so I will be looking elsewhere."

He added: "I haven't got a club (lined up) to be honest. Obviously my contract is up so I just take it day by day and see what crops up.

"But I want to carry on playing. I'm 34, I still feel I can play so I don't see why I need to retire just now.

"I still want to play at Premier League level. From when I started, I always said I wanted to play at the highest level wherever that might be. You always strive for that."

When asked about a possible move to Leicester, Heskey said: "There is nothing on that. There is a possibility that might happen.

"I'm not going to turn anything down. I'll look at anything, have a little break, and then see what offers there are."