Aston Villa attacker shares Instagram update on long-term future
By Matt Farr
Aston Villa attacker Gabriel Agbonlahor has hinted he could be set to remain at the club for the long-term having endured ‘a bad few years.’
The 30-year-old took to his personal Instagram account following the derby win over Birmingham at the weekend to offer an update on his future at the club.
He said: “On a personal note it has been a bad few years for me on the pitch but I’m only looking forward to many more games for this great club.”
The whole team knew how much this game meant to Aston Villa fans and we got the win for you all. On a personal note is been a bad few years for me on the pitch but I’m only looking forward now to many more more games for this great club ???? #utv #vtid P.s Sunday was my favourite goal in all my derby games ????⚽️????????
A post shared by Gabriel Agbonlahor (@ga11official) on Apr 25, 2017 at 7:12am PDT
Agbonlahor has just one year left to run on his current contract at Villa Park, the place he has called home for 12 years, but negotations over a fresh deal have yet to begin.
But there is hope that Aston Villa’s loyal servant can continue to play a key role for the club over the coming years, after manager Steve Bruce challenged him to earn a new deal.
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Bruce revealed to the Birmingham Mail earlier this week that earning a contract at Agbonlahor’s age was like ‘winning the lottery’, urging him to prove his worth to the team.
The three-time capped England international has endured a tough few years at Villa Park, where he has been hampered by injuries, and struggled in front of goal.
Agbonlahor netted only his first goal for the club in 14 months during Aston Villa’s win over Birmingham on Sunday.
He is far from the most prolific goalscorer, but the attacker could still improve his return in front of goal, particularly if he is to earn himself an extended stay.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the Midlands club have joined Everton in the race for Chelsea 24-year-old after scouting mission.