Aston Villa’s Andreas Weimann has signed a three-year extension to his contract with the Premier League club.
Weimann, who had a fantastic season at Villa last year along with colleagues Christian Benteke and Brad Guzan, put pen to paper today to stay at Villa Park through 2016.
The 21-year-old Austrian international forward had this to say:
“I’m really happy that I’ve signed. I love the Club and it’s been brilliant for me, for I have a feeling of being at home here at Aston Villa.
“I’ve been here for six seasons now, having started with the Academy in 2006, and last season was tremendous for me and terrific for the team the way we played over the second half of a really demanding campaign.
“On a personal level, I didn’t expect at the start of the season that it would go the way it did, with me being involved and starting games almost the whole of the way through.
“It was exciting to be part of the team’s development because the potential within this young, exciting team is really strong.
“The last several months of the season we played really well and got better and better as season went on. Hopefully, we can continue on like we finished and that will be the challenge.
“Like the other young players in the team, I want to keep improving as a player and keep pushing Villa as high as we can in the Premier League.
“I feel like I owe the manager and the Club because the manager backed me last season after he came in and I have always felt comfortable and really supported at the Club.
“The supporters, too, have been brilliant with me and they’ve really taken to me which I’m delighted about. It means everything to know you have support like that. The whole team feels the same way.
“It’s great to be a part of an exciting future at Villa. I’m sure the manager will bring in more new faces to help us and this will make us stronger.
“We stuck together last season and having so many young players helped because we grew together as a team and improved as well as players. That’s why I want to continue to do my best for the Club.”
Let’s hope Weimann has another incredible season for Villa beginning this August. The Austrian, who joined Aston Villa when he was 15 from Rapid Vienna, scored 14 goals for Villa last season. And the footballer has been a wonderful addition to the first team squad. With him in the side, Villa were a threat. Without him, the team seemed to have a much harder job creating chances in front of goal during the 2012-13 season.
How big of a decision is it for Villa to secure Weimann to a three-year deal? Will Weimann’s signature help convince Benteke to stay at Aston Villa? Share your opinion in the comments section below.