Aston Villa are hoping to add defender Matty Cash to the raft of players who have pledged their future to the club this season.
The Villans have persuaded four players to ink contract extensions this term. Defender Tyrone Mings, captain Jack Grealish and midfielder John McGinn have already extended their stay at Villa Park. And Ezri Konsa made it a quartet when signing a new contract until the end of the 2025/26 season last week. According to the Telegraph, Cash is the next player that boss Dean Smith hopes will follow suit.
The full-back has enjoyed an excellent first season at Villa Park after joining from Nottingham Forest last summer. He has started 23 Premier League games and seen his name mentioned in connection with the England squad.
The 23-year-old signed a five-year deal when Villa paid £16m for his services in September. But it appears as though the West Midlanders want to improve his terms and lengthen the deal before May 23.
It is clearly a policy to make sure the top stars are all securely tied to the club. The pandemic has rocked clubs’ finances and so it has become even more important to work with what you already have.
Much more to come from Cash
Slough-born Cash made his senior debut for Forest in 2016 and went on to enjoy 141 outings for the City Ground outfit. A move to the Premier League does not seem to have fazed him and he will only get better.
The full-back has played his part, with Villa enjoying a solid campaign in the top flight. They sit ninth in the standings, with 44 points from 29 games played.
Both Cash and Konsa have played a big part, with the defence conceding just 31 goals to date. And the latter has set out his ambitions both personally and for the club.
“I set myself goals every season,” Konsa told Villa TV. “This season was to play the majority of the games and that’s what I’ve done and that’s a goal that I set myself for this season.
“From next season, moving forward I’d obviously like to set my goal for hopefully getting a call up for England and taking Aston Villa to Europe.”