Aston Villa are hoping to add defender Matty Cash to the list of players who have pledged their future at the club this season.
The Villans have persuaded four players to sign contract extensions for this period. Defender Tyrone mings, captain Jack Grealish and midfielder John McGinn have already extended their stay at Villa Park. And Ezri Konsa made it into a quartet when signing a new contract until the end of the 2025/26 season last week. According to Telegraph, Cash is the next player boss Dean Smith hopes to follow.
The full-back has enjoyed an excellent first season at Villa Park after joining Nottingham Forest last summer. He has started 23 Premier League games and has had his name mentioned in connection with the England squad.
The 23-year-old signed a five-year contract when Villa paid £ 16million for his services in September. But it looks like the West Midlanders want to improve his terms and extend the deal before May 23.
It is clearly a policy to ensure that the best stars are all firmly linked to the club. The pandemic has rocked club finances and so it has become even more important to work with what you already have.
And the report adds that other players are also under consideration for improved contracts. Matt Targett, Douglas luiz and Tom heaton could benefit from improved conditions in the near future.
Much more to come from Cash
Slough-born Cash made his Forest debut in 2016 and went on to make 141 outings for the City Ground outfit. A stint in the Premier League doesn’t seem to have bothered him and he will only get better.
The full-back played his part, with Villa enjoying a solid campaign in the top flight. They occupy ninth place in the standings, with 44 points in 29 games played.
Cash and Konsa played a big role, the defense having conceded only 31 goals to date. And the latter has laid out his ambitions both personally and for the club.
“I set goals for myself every season,” Konsa told Villa TV. “This season was about playing the majority of games and that’s what I did and that’s a goal I set for myself this season.
“From next season I would obviously like to set my goal to get a call-up for England and take Aston Villa to Europe.”
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