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Agbonlahor signs new Villa deal

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor
Agbonlahor is Villa's longest-serving player

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has signed a new deal running until June 2015 with the Midlands outfit.

The 24-year-old is one of Villa's most highly rated players and has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract extension to show his commitment to the side.

"I can't see myself playing for any other club," Villa academy product Agbonlahor told the club's website.

"I am happy and I just want to keep on playing for Villa. It's my childhood club and the one I support and love."

Agbonlahor has had an injury-hit campaign so far this season and has only scored once in seven outings.

But he scored 16 times last season and will be hoping to soon get back among the goals after returning from a groin problem as a substitute in the 3-2 midweek win over Blackpool.

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The England international is now in contention to play against Manchester United on Saturday and his new deal will give the club a boost ahead of the Premier League game at Villa Park.

"I am happy to commit to the club, " added Agbonlahor, who has scored 52 goals in nearly 200 games for Villa. "Hopefully, I can progress and keep improving on what I've done so far.

"It's important nowadays to not move from club to club. If you're happy at a club stay there."

The England international had spells on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and Watford before making his Villa debut in March 2006 and is currently the longest-serving player in manager Gerard Houllier's side.

"I just want to make sure he keeps growing," said Houllier.

"He's a local boy, it's good to keep the roots sometimes and the target is to make him a regular player for the national team."



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see also
Aston Villa 2-2 Man Utd
13 Nov 10 |  Premier League
Aston Villa 3-2 Blackpool
10 Nov 10 |  Premier League
Agbonlahor set for injury lay-off
01 Oct 10 |  Aston Villa
Agbonlahor in Villa career pledge
28 Aug 10 |  Aston Villa


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