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Konsa Makes Jump To Premier League With Villa

Konsa Makes Jump To Premier League With Villa

Former Charlton Athletic apprentice Ezri Konsa will be playing Premier League football this season after joining newly-promoted Aston Villa from Brentford for an undisclosed fee, reportedly around £12million.

The 21-year-old made 86 appearances for the Addicks before moving to the Bees last summer and quickly established himself as a mainstay at the centre of defence, featuring 47 times in his debut season for the club.

Konsa has also received international recognition over the past couple of years, playing a part in England victorious Under-20 World Cup campaign in 2017, while he was part of the recent European U21 Championships.

The highly-rated defender told the club website: “I am over the moon. To join such a historic, massive club like Aston Villa is great. I can’t wait to meet the lads now and get started. To be honest, I am speechless right now.

“It’s a dream come true. As a little kid, I always used to dream about playing in the Premier League. For it to come true now is a fantastic feeling for me and my family. I am looking forward to the challenge of facing the top players in the world.”

“I’m looking forward to working with Dean (Smith) and Richard (O’Kelly) again. I enjoyed it with them at Brentford. We had a really good relationship there. For me to be here and working with those guys is a good feeling. I am raring to go now.”

Head Coach Dean Smith said: “Ezri fits the profile of the type of player we were searching for.

“It helps that Richard O’Kelly and I have worked with him before. He’s a high-potential player who I believe can step up to the Premier League and I’m really looking forward to working with him again.”

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