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“European Football” – Villa Talent Has Lofty Aim With New 5-yr Deal Agreed

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On Tuesday evening, Aston Villa confirmed that Academy graduate and now first team regular, Jacob Ramsey, had committed his long term future to the club and penned a new five year deal, keeping the 20-year-old at Villa Park until the summer of 2027.

The highly rated midfielder has been with the club since he was six years old, and having made his debut against West Bromwich Albion back in 2019 as a substitute, he enjoyed a short successful spell out on loan with Doncaster Rovers at the end of the 2019/20 campaign. Returning over the summer, head coach Dean Smith began relying on him quite regularly and having made his substitute Premier League debut against Fulham, before making his full debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

With 22 appearances in total in 2020/21, he’s almost been a mainstay in the squad as we moved from Smith to Steven Gerrard, and he now boasts 36 starts, with 23 substitute showings in total – and his goal account for us now sits on six, with all of them coming in the Premier League in 2021/22.

With Villa struggling of late, Ramsey has had his own issues, but he’ll no doubt benefit from those experiences as he continues to develop and improve in the months to come.

Speaking to the Official Site after the deal was signed, Ramsey described it as a ‘proud moment’ for him and his family.

“It’s a proud moment for me, especially for my family. I’ve been here a long time now, come through the Academy, and to sign for another five years at this club, I’m over the moon. There’s so many people who have helped me get to this point now, I can’t thank everyone enough from Under-9s, to being a scholar, to U23s and then stepping up to the first team. It’s been good; a lot of up and down moments but it’s all part of the journey and I feel like I’ve been playing well this season so it’s nice to be rewarded with a new contract.”

Having committed his future, that’s exactly what Ramsey is now focused on.

“I think everyone knows that the owners, Christian (Purslow) and the gaffer have got big ambitions. So I think the obvious one is to play European football. My plan for the next five years is to get this club playing European football again.”

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