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Albrighton "over the moon" after penning new deal

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Albrighton "over the moon" after penning new deal

By Paul Brown

Marc Albrighton penned a new three-and-a-half year contract and admitted being "over the moon" at extending his stay at the club he loves.

The ink was barely dry on his deal - until summer 2014 - when Albrighton insisted Villa was the "perfect" place for him to be.

The wing wizard, who has sparkled this season, also hailed Gerard Houllier as a major factor behind his decision to stay - as he targeted major honours in claret and blue over the next few seasons.

He told AVTV: "I am absolutely over the moon.

"As soon as the gaffer came to me and said the club would like to offer me a new deal I was always going to sign it. There was no doubt about that.

"This is the club I want to be at. It's the club I've loved playing at for the last 12 years. I don't see any reason to change that.

"I'm really looking forward to the next three-and-a-half years.

"It's the perfect club to be at for me. It's the club I've supported since I was a boy.

"There are no disadvantages to me signing a contract at Aston Villa. To sign a three-and-a-half year deal is absolutely brilliant.

"Since I signed my last contract, I've just aimed to keep pushing on and progressing as a player - becoming a better footballer.

"I think I've done that over the last few years and hopefully I can keep doing that.

"I want to be a big part of the first team squad and win a few trophies.

"The manager is a big factor, definitely. He's got a great track record and he's a great manager, as are the other staff who work around him.

"The lads are brilliant too so for me it's a no-brainer."

Manager Houllier is thrilled to see the winger commit his future to Villa.

He added: "He's stepped up a level. Everything is about attitude and his attitude is an example.

"He went to play for the reserves in the week and Kevin told me he was fantastic.

"His work rate, attitude, effort, running back - it was an example.

"When you have the talent as well as the attitude, the commitment, being a pro, looking after yourself, working hard in games and training it means a lot."

Albrighton gets the key to the door in just under two weeks time and he sees his fresh commitment to the club as an early birthday present.

He also sees a bright future for a number of the other Young Lions currently plying their trade in the first team.

He added: "We have some great young talent at this football club. Ciaran played out of position the other day but he was probably our best player on the pitch on the day.

"He's done superb as has Barry Bannan, Nathan Delfouneso...they'll all be looking to push on and get new contracts.

"Hopefully we can be the future of the club and win a few things in years to come.

"I am 21 later this month. It's a great early birthday present.

"I just want to carry on playing, get back out on the field and start a few more games.

"I have to put the champagne on hold until May or June."

Arrow BulletMeanwhile, defender Nathan Baker has also signed a new deal until June 2012.

Click here to watch AVTV's exclusive interview with the wing wonder.

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By @AVFCOfficial 5th November 2010
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