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Tammy Abraham: Why I chose to stay at Aston Villa

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 Tammy Abraham: Why I chose to stay at Aston Villa

Tammy Abraham has opened up for the first time on the reasons behind his decision to stay at Aston Villa.

The 19-goal frontman was highly linked with a January move to the Premier League after a prolific four months in claret and blue.

But he soon ended that speculation by committing his services to the club for the remainder of the campaign midway through the month.

Speaking to Club TV, he lifted the lid on those reasons.

He said: "I felt like here was home. It has been since I stepped through the door in August.


"Everyone has made me feel so welcome. Obviously you have the gaffer and the likes of John Terry here. It feels like one big family. Everything is great here.

"Dean Smith and JT called me every day. They told me I'd continue to score lots of goals here and that they believed I could take us up.

"When someone believes in you that deeply, it gives you that confidence. You want to go out there every game and you don't just want to do the best for yourself – but for the staff, the coaches and everyone else."

Abraham also admits the potential accolade of finishing as the Sky Bet Championship top scorer played a part.

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The 21-year-old hit 24 in his Bristol City loan spell two years ago to go close to the award, and currently leads the way this term ahead of our fixture against Reading on Saturday.

"No one believed I'd still be here. When the Premier League comes for you, it's a big decision.

"I chose to stay. I believe in the manager and the players and love these great fans.

"I considered everything and decided to stay here. If I can finish as top goalscorer now I'll be over the moon. It would mean a lot."


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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 2nd February 2019