Aston Villa lynchpin makes Champions League claim after agreeing big commitment

Aston Villa have secured the long-term services of another player by tying Emiliano Martinez down to a contract until 2027.

On Thursday, Villa announced a new deal for defender Kortney Hause to ward off interest from West Ham. One day later, they have completed another contract renewal, this time for their first-choice goalkeeper.

Martinez has extended his stay at Villa Park until 2027, which represents a three-year extension to the deal he signed when joining from Arsenal in 2020.

Since then, he has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most consistent goalkeepers. In addition, he fulfilled his dream of becoming a full Argentina international and won the Copa America with them last year.

So far in a Villa shirt, he has made 58 appearances and kept 20 clean sheets. He has represented them more than any other club he has played for.

There were rumours of interest from Manchester United, but Villa have now sent a clear signal about Martinez’s future.

Now, with his long-term future secure, the 29-year-old is hoping to win major honours with the club.

Martinez told VillaTV: “I won a major tournament with Argentina not long ago and every time I come through the tunnel at Villa Park on a matchday, I can see the crowd, the lights, the fans excited for us to play.

“Just before coming out (on to the pitch), I see the Champions League trophy and the FA Cup trophy and that’s where I want to get.

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“I want to be in a Champions League final with Villa. I want to be at Wembley playing in an FA Cup final or Carabao Cup final.

“That’s why I’m committing five-and-a-half years to this club because that’s where I want to get.

“I won a major tournament for my country after 28 years and I want to do the same here, that’s why I’m committing my future to the club.”

Villa feels like home for Emiliano Martinez

Emiliano Martinez playing for Aston Villa

Martinez spent a decade on the books of Arsenal, but spent the majority of his time with the Gunners out on loan.

He did play for them nine times in European competitions. Now he wants to repeat those feelings with an ambitious Villa side.

He added: “When I signed for Aston Villa, obviously I had massive ambitions about being in Europe and being the best version of myself, and the club have opened a really good door for me.

“They made me a better goalkeeper, with the goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler, Christian (Purslow), Johan (Lange), they’re good people, very loyal and ambitious as well, like the owners.

 

“So winning a major tournament for Argentina, thank you to Aston Villa for developing me as a good goalkeeper; and I think actually I can improve much more here and I want to commit my future here.

“It feels like home.”

Villa have added competition for Martinez this month with the loan signing of Robin Olsen. However, the South American remains their first-choice – and will do for years to come.

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