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Aston Villa Defensive Ace Pens New Long-Term Contract: Good Move For Everyone Involved?

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Aston Villa have confirmed on their official website that Ezri Konsa has penned a new long-term contract following a brilliant season at Villa Park so far. The English centre-back has signed a contract extension that will keep him with the Villans until the summer of 2026 (via avfc.co.uk).

Konsa’s Promising Form For The Villans This Season

Konsa has enjoyed a majestic season at the West Midlands club after putting in several dominant performances at the heart of Dean Smith’s defence. The 23-year-old has found the back of the net twice in 27 matches for the Villans this term across all competitions.

The London-born defensive ace has given a good account of himself by averaging 0.7 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 4.2 clearances per game in this Premier League campaign. He has even distributed the ball with conviction as he has made 84.1% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

With Konsa’s long-term future sorted, the player can now solely focus on getting better and helping his team challenge for European football in the final few weeks of this season. At 23, the seven-time England Under-21 international still has a lot of room to grow, so Smith will fancy his chances of getting the best out of him in the years to come.

Aston Villa's Konsa pens new long-term contract (Konsa is seen in the photo)
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What Does The English Defender Bring To The Table?

Konsa has proven his worth as a top centre-half in the Premier League this season as he can sense the danger quickly and is often quite decisive when clearing his lines at the back. The English talent can get stuck in with some tackles to hamper the opposition’s flow in the game. Konsa is also a decent ball-playing defender because he has the composure and the vision to build plays from the back. However, he is still far from a finished product and could improve even more in the future.

Konsa Pens Contract Extension: Good Move For Everyone Involved?

Now that Konsa has put pen to paper on a long-term contract extension, the Villans will hope that he can turn into a world-class player in his position over the next few seasons. The English sensation has been playing some of the best football of his young career this season, so it is a no-brainer for him to commit his long-term future to the club.

With all things considered, it seems like Konsa’s contract extension will be a good move for both the player and the West Midlands club as they look to taste success together at the highest level in the coming seasons.

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