Aston Villa want star striker Ollie Watkins to sign a new contract and commit his long-term future to the club amid interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.
Speaking today, head coach Unai Emery told the world’s media, “We are in talks and hopefully he is going to sign for a long time with us.”
Aston Villa want to tie Ollie Watkins down to new deal
According to The Athletic’s Jacob Tanswell, Villa opened talks with Watkins over a contract extension back in May.
Unai Emery is hopeful of Ollie Watkins signing a new contract at #AVFC. Villa opened talks with Watkins over an extension in May.
"We are in talks and hopefully he is going to sign for a long time with us."
— Jacob Tanswell (@J_Tanswell) September 29, 2023
Watkins scored his first Premier League goal of the campaign in Villa’s 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
The England international joined from Brentford in September 2020 and has emerged as one of Villa’s star assets and with just two years left on his current deal is alerting the attention of Arsenal and Chelsea.
Ahead of his side’s visit of Brighton on Saturday lunchtime, Villa manager Unai Emery said, “He’s an example for other players. His performance as well is always at a good level for us and for him sometimes scoring more goals, sometimes less, but always doing his work.”