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Aston Villa confirm appointment as Filip Helander speaks out on transfer links

Welcome to your morning round-up of all the latest Aston Villa news on Thursday, September 2, 2021.

The transfer window closed on Wednesday as Villa ended their summer business relatively quietly in terms of incomings, but with several outgoings. Villa have trimmed their squad and handed youth players the opportunity to gain invaluable first-team experience elsewhere.

Head coach Dean Smith can now fully focus on matters on the pitch ahead of kick-starting Villa’s 2021/22 Premier League season in the coming weeks following the international break.

Get up to speed with all the latest from the Villa Park here…

Argentina have ‘no doubt’ over selection

Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia have both travelled to Argentina to represent their nation this month on international duty after coming to a compromise with Aston Villa.

Both players will have to self isolate back in the UK for a 10 day period upon their return to England after travelling to a red list country, in accordance with the UK’s COVID-19 protocols.

Despite the Premier League advising against their clubs allowing players to travel to red list countries during the September international break, Villa have allowed both Martinez and Buendia to make the journey to South America.

Argentina travel to Venezuela for their first World Cup qualifying game which will take place on Friday, September 3, before travelling to Brazil to play a second match on September 5.

Speaking about Villa’s statement, Scaloni said: “We gave the list for the three matches and there’s no doubt about it. The players are here for the three matches.”

Read more HERE.

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Villa appoint new first-team coach

Aston Villa have appointed Aaron Danks as their new first-team coach, the club have announced.

Dean Smith has brought in Danks from Anderlecht where he assisted Vincent Kompany for the past three months after he left his role at the FA after five years.

Danks, who started his coaching career at Birmingham City, helped England Under-20s win the World Cup in 2017, a side that featured current Villan Ezri Konsa.

Danks also assisted Aidy Boothroyd at the under-21s from September 2020 until taking his role at Anderlecht. Before that, he held a position as lead offensive specialist coach which prioritised attacking.

Read more HERE.

Filip Helander was a reported target of Aston Villa this summer
Filip Helander was a reported target of Aston Villa this summer

Target speaks out over transfer

Rangers star Filip Helander has broken his silence on reports linking him with a move to Aston Villa.

The Sweden centre-back was mentioned as a transfer target for Villa and their Premier League rivals Leicester City in the summer.

Villa were looking for a centre-back following the departure of Bjorn Engels to Royal Antwerp, the Belgian returning to his homeland having struggled for game-time after lockdown last year.

In the end Villa managed to get Axel Tuanzebe back on loan for a third spell at the club from Manchester United, with the player set to compete with Kortney Hause, Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa for one of two spots at centre-back this season.

Helander, who scored the winner against Celtic on Sunday, is under contract at Rangers until 2023 having joined from Italian side Bologna two years ago.

Read what he had to say HERE.

Villa’s summer transfer net spend revealed

Premier League clubs have splashed around £1.04billion on 103 permanent signings for disclosed fees during the summer transfer window, and Aston Villa make up for about 11% of that overall figure, having spent £95million on incomings over the last few months.

Danny Ings, Emiliano Buendia, and Leon Bailey were all signed by Villa over the summer, while Ashley Young re-joined the club on a free transfer and returned Axel Tuanzebe on loan.

However, deadline day came and went without any more incomings, although Villa did see a number of players leave the club on loan. They have also agreed exits for players who have commanded a transfer fee, including Ally Mbwana Samatta, Bjorn Engels, and Jack Grealish.

The latter of that list made a record-breaking £100million transfer to Premier League champions Manchester City earlier this summer and became the most expensive British player in history.

That meant Villa recorded a positive net spend over the transfer window of £19.26million, according to transfermarkt.

Read how that compared to other Premier League teams HERE.

Gabby has his say on Wesley

Aston Villa striker Wesley has joined Club Brugge on loan this summer after the Brazil international was deemed surplus to requirements by Dean Smith – and Gabriel Agbonlahor has tipped him for a permanent exit.

Wesley joined Villa in a deal worth £22million back in 2019 – which at the time was a club record transfer fee – following the club’s promotion back to the Premier League.

He scored 17 goals in the season prior to moving to the Premier League and won two league titles and two Belgian Super Cups during his first spell at Brugge.

However, despite earning his first call-up to the Brazil national team under Smith only months after joining the club, Villa’s all time Premier League record goal scorer doesn’t see a future for the forward at Villa Park.

Read what Agbonlahor said HERE.

What do you make of Aston Villa’s summer transfer window? Have your say in the comments section…

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