Baker pens new Villa contract

Baker, who made his first-team debut last season in a 2-1 win at

Wigan in the Premier League, had 12 months to run on his previous

contract. Yet Villa’s lack of a manager has not prevented the club

tying down the 20-year-old to a new deal. “I am over the moon,” he

told his club’s website. “To extend my assocation with Villa is

fantastic. I am really happy. “I managed to get first-team

experience under my belt in the season just gone and I plan on

working hard in pre-season when it comes around and improving next

term. This is the club for me.” Baker, who can play at centre-half

or left-back, started five games in total last term.