Aston Villa may have Ramsey release clause amid 'mega-money' claim

By Danny Mills

1st May, 2022 | 11:51am

Jacob Ramsey may have new release clause as 'mega-money' Aston Villa claim issued - pundit

Danny Mills has claimed Jacob Ramsey’s new Aston Villa contract may contain a release clause.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Man City and England full-back also claimed the deal will not be “mega-money” and will be heavily incentivised.

Aston Villa confirmed last Tuesday (26 April) that the 20-year-old had committed to a new deal that will keep him at the club until 2027.

The Times reported the next day (27 April) the new deal is worth £70,000-a-week.

“If I was an agent I would demand on having a release clause, I would want one and that’s just being sensible,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“The way that it used to work was that you sign a contract for as long as you can and for as much as you can because it gives you security. But within that you had certain performance bonuses and if you hit certain targets you get a new contract so the club can’t get rid of you.

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“You look at guaranteeing yourself the minimum for the next five years and if you perform it goes to another level and if you really perform it goes to another level again. That’s just standard practice.

“You’ve got a young player, a very good player and the last thing you want to do is for him to run his contract down and not feel appreciated.

“It won’t be mega-money, it will be performance-based and it will go up every year. If you say it’s £75,000-a-week, then that will be overall with the bonuses, signing-on fees etc. He’ll have to hit certain targets to get those bonuses.

“He might be on £40,000-a-week with bonuses thrown in. That’s the way I’d be doing it if I was in charge of a football club.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed Aston Villa are set to ‘smash the cartel’ as a summer masterplan is now official.