Agbonlahor pens new Villa deal

Agbonlahor, a product of Villa’s academy, has committed himself to

the midlands club until the summer of 2015. The 24-year-old striker

made his senior debut for Villa under David O’Leary during the

2005-2006 campaign. He has been a consistent marksman for the past

three seasons and also forced his way into the England squad on

several occasions. Agbonlahor said: “I’m delighted to carry on and

sign this new contract. “I am happy and I just want to keep on

playing for Villa. It’s my childhood club. “It’s the club I support

and love and I just want to keep playing and improving year on

year. “I am happy to commit to the club. Hopefully I can progress

and keep improving on what I’ve done so far.” Agbonlahor added: “If

you look at other clubs and the likes of Steven Gerrard with

Liverpool. You can’t see him playing anywhere else. It’s the same

with me. “I can’t really see myself playing at any other club. It’s

the club I love and I’m happy. “I am happy the club have offered me

this contract that keeps me here for a long time into the future.

“It’s a good example for the young players. If they can work hard –

the ones coming through – they can get this time at one club. “It’s

important nowadays to not move from club to club. If you’re happy

at a club, stay there. That’s what I’m looking to do.” Villa

manager Gerard Houllier has challenged Agbonlahor to become an

England regular. He said: “I’m pleased he’s signed this contract. I

just want to make sure that he keeps growing. “I know his record.

He’s a local boy, it’s good to keep the roots sometimes and the

target is to make him a regular player for the national team.”