By Danny Wright
Ashley Westwood has said he was “more than happy” to leave Villa Park for Burnley in January, despite the move coming as a surprise.
The former Villa player claimed that Steve Bruce told him that the club had accepted a bid for him out of the blue.
Burnley signed the 26-year-old for an undisclosed fee on transfer deadline day on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
“It was quiet in January and I was ready to travel to Brentford with Villa,” he told BBC Radio Lancashire, as reported on the BBC Sport website.
“Steve Bruce pulled me in and said they’d accepted a bid from Burnley and I was more than happy.
“It was a big shock. Obviously there were rumours in the summer but it didn’t quite happen, but thankfully it has come and I’m absolutely delighted to be here.”
Westwood was part of the Aston Villa team that was relegated from the Premier League for the first time since the league began in 1992.
The West Midlands club finished bottom of the league with Westwood missing just six games all season. He was part of the club’s first team this season too, making 23 appearances.
The Brentford game, which Villa lost 3-0, was the only time this season Westwood wasn’t in the squad, however the arrival of Birkir Bjarnason and Henri Lansbury added competition to the former Crewe man’s position and a move away from the club was always on the cards.
Westwood was slammed towards the end of his Villa career by fans for some of his performances, including the game against Cardiff, and these latest remarks won’t do anything to mend the relationship.
Since joining the Lancashire club, Westwood made his debut as a second-half substitute in last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Watford.
He will be hoping to make his full debut for Sean Dyche’s side when Burnley take on league leaders Chelsea on Sunday.
In other Aston Villa news, Jordan Ayew reveals why he left the club.