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Chukwuemeka has told Villa his plan amid Barcelona transfer interest
Aston Villa midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka insists he is determined to reach “the very top” and will do everything he can to fulfil his scary potential.
From being named ‘the best 16-year-old in England’ to becoming the third youngest Villa debutant in the Premier League era, Chukwuemeka has the world at his feet. His latest performances for England Under-19s have once again justified the hype surrounding the teenager as Ian Foster’s young Three Lions team have breezed into the Under-19 European Championship semi-finals.
Chukwuemeka has contributed to four of England’s six goals in the tournament, and has netted two of his own – with all due respect to his opponents, he’s a level above. Villa chiefs will be watching his displays closely, knowing he is yet to commit his future to the club, but the situation is more complex than what it might seem from the outside.
Villa’s aggressive recruitment drive paying off as two deals set to be confirmed
Aston Villa are set to announce the double deal to bring in Rory Wilson and Ewan Simpson next week. Wilson, 16, arrives having scored 49 goals for Rangers’ youth sides last year while Simpson, who turns 16 next month, will move to Bodymoor Heath from Hearts in a deal worth £250,000.
The two youth signings had been in the offing since last year as Villa’s head of academy recruitment Steve McGavin moved early to beat off a whole host of competition from top Premier League clubs. “Scotland’s a really good market,” a source told BirminghamLive . “Club’s could do with the money and even Rangers and Celtic will always sell you a player. The kids up there have that ‘Scottish steel’ if you like, that inner-drive. You just look at the success stories in the Premier League at present. There’s not much of a transition, either, given that they speak the same language and eat the same foods.
“Villa, if you didn’t know, haven’t got any scouts based in Scotland, they do all of the groundwork themselves. They moved quickly to sign Wilson and Simpson ahead of the rest and kudos to them. Those two players have very bright futures.”
Villa sent clear instruction as crest design plans revealed
Aston Villa have announced that they will be looking to renew the current club crest and fans will play a major role in the development of a new design.
Villa’s current crest has been in place since 2016 which saw the ‘prepared’ logo at the bottom of the badge removed following the initial creation of the crest in 2007. Possible changes mentioned by the club include a rounded badge, as seen in the badges from 1973 to 1990, as well as including ‘Aston Villa’ instead of the current use of ‘AVFC’ in the present version.
A statement from the club released this morning said: “That day in ’82 is the brightest moment of our past, but it’s never been a more exciting time for our club to look forward too. After revisiting that great night in Rotterdam – the iconic shirts, the old club crest – Aston Villa is looking to review how we present ourselves visually in the future; this will include changing our current crest.