Aston Villa announce major update on Emiliano Martinez’s future

The Argentine has been a fans’ favourite since arriving at Villa Park in 2020

Aston Villa have been handed a major boost with the news goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has extended his contract until 2027.

The 29-year-old joined Villa from Premier League rivals Arsenal ahead of the 2020/21 season after helping the Gunners lift the FA Cup in his final campaign at the Emirates Stadium.

The £15million fee has been repaid by Martinez with a string of impressive performances that has seen the 14-times capped Argentinean international become one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Premier League.

Martinez kept a club record 15 clean sheets during his first season with Villa and enjoyed International success when he helped Argentina to their first Copa America win since 1993 last summer.

That form has carried on into the current season and Martinez now been rewarded with an extended deal that will keep him at Villa Park until the end of the 2026/27 season.

After committing his future to Villa, Martinez told the club website: “When I signed for Aston Villa, I had massive ambitions about being in Europe and being the best version of myself.“

I think the club opened up a really good for for me, they made me a better goalkeeper with the goalkeeper coach Neil Cutler.“

Winning a major tournament for Argentina was a thank you for Aston Villa as well.

“They are developing me as a good goalkeeper nowadays and I think I can improve much more here and I want to commit my future here.“It feels like home.“

Goalkeeper is a hard position, most goalkeepers start young and when they are 29 or 30, they are going into their prime but they go on to the bench and it’s hard to swallow it.

“I started a bit later than is normally expected but I’m not even at my prime yet.“Villa opened the door for me when I was at Arsenal when I wanted to leave.“I am grateful to this club and I want to win a major tournament here.”

Martinez will be in the Villa squad for the visit to Everton on Saturday lunchtime and he will face new competition for a place in the starting lineup after Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen joined the club on loan until the end of the season.

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