Birmingham City boss Garry Monk is reportedly unhappy over the swap deal that saw Spanish midfielder Jota join Aston Villa, with Gary Gardner joining the Blues on a permanent deal.

Monk’s relationship with the Birmingham board has reportedly soured because of the deal, according to Sky Sports’ Rob Dorsett, with Monk’s future at the St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium unknown.

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Jota joined Villa last week in the swap deal, adding some key depth to Dean Smith’s midfield.

Villa sent Gary Gardner to Birmingham on loan last season, and now the Blues have made his deal a permanent one.

Monk is also unhappy with the wage budget at the club, and is now at odds with  Xuandong Ren, the CEO of the club, over the issue.

There is reportedly a high chance that Monk walks from Birmingham before the start of the season, putting their plans ahead of the new Championship season in disarray.

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