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Westwood pens new five-year deal at Aston Villa

Westwood has signed a new five-year deal. Credit: PA

Ashley Westwood has penned a new five-year contract at Aston Villa, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

The 25-year-old midfielder moved to Villa Park from Crewe in 2012 and has gone on to establish himself in the first-team picture.

And having played all of Saturday's opening day win at Bournemouth, Westwood has now committed himself to Villa for the foreseeable future. "I am extremely pleased to sign a new contract and commit my future to Aston Villa," he told the club's official website.

"I was made to feel very welcome from the moment I first walked through the door and I'm very happy at the club.

"I believe I'm now entering what I hope will be the peak years of my career and I look forward to spending them here."

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Liverpool striker Benteke has showdown with Sherwood

Benteke hits back at former manager Sherwood. Credit: PA

Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has rejected former boss Tim Sherwood's claim that he can only score goals if he plays for a team that gets crosses into the box.

Sherwood did his best to keep Benteke at Villa after Liverpool made their interest known and the manager even said, "there's no point going to a club where they don't cross the ball".

Benteke said those comments led to a showdown with the 46-year-old Sherwood.

"I don't believe that and I told him -- I spoke with him and I explained to him the situation.

"I said football has changed and football now is modern and I can adapt.

"It is not just about crossing, I can score normal goals, too. I told him I am not afraid about it."

– Benteke

Ciaran Clark signs five year deal with Aston Villa

Aston Villa is delighted to announce Ciaran Clark has signed a new five-year contract with the club.

Ciaran Clark Credit: Aston Villa FC

The 25-year-old defender has become a key member of the first-team since coming through the club's youth system.

I'm absolutely thrilled to sign a new contract. I've been at Aston Villa since I was a kid and I want to continue to play for this fantastic football club. "Everyone is looking forward to the new season and I'm delighted to be going into the opening game on Saturday knowing my long-term future has been sorted."

– Ciaran Clark

It's great news.

"Ciaran wears his heart on his sleeve.

"He was unfortunate with injuries last season but he looks sharp now and we want to keep him fit.

"You know what you're going to get from Ciaran - he gives everything for the cause and that's all you can ask for as a manager.

"We're pleased to have him here for a longer time."

– Manager Tim Sherwood

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Aston Villa announce signing of French midfielder

Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of French midfielder Jordan Veretout on a five-year deal.

Jordan Veretout has signed a five-year deal at Aston Villa Credit: avfc.co.uk

The 22 year-old has arrived for an undisclosed fee from Ligue 1 outfit Nantes, where he scored seven league goals in 36 matches last season.

Veretout collected nine caps for France's under-21 team between 2013 and 2014, but has never been selected for the senior squad.

He joins fellow summer signings at Villa Park Scott Sinclair, Micah Richards, Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Amavi, Jordan Ayew and Jose Angel Crespo.

Villa set to sign Spurs striker and Nantes midfielder

Emmanuel Adebayor Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/PA Images

Emmanuel Adebayor remains in talks with Aston Villa and the club could also snap up Jordan Veretout by the end of the week.

Togo international Adebayor is close to joining Villa on loan from Tottenham but talks are on-going between the two clubs.

The striker has reportedly had a medical and a deal could be struck within the next 24 hours.

The 31-year-old would be a direct replacement for Christian Benteke, who joined Liverpool for £32.5million earlier this month.

Adebayor is believed to have visited the club's Bodymoor Heath training ground on Tuesday and talks were ongoing away from the complex on Wednesday.

Nantes midfielder Veretout is also a target and could become the third player from Ligue 1 to join Villa by the end of the week.

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