In case you missed yesterday’s big news, Aston Villa’s latest star boy Jacob Ramsey signed a new contract at Villa Park which keeps him at the club until the summer of 2027.
The 20-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Villans and has 30 appearances in all competitions so far this campaign, scoring six goals and providing one assist along the way.
After making just 22 appearances in all competitions in 2020/21, Ramsey quickly found himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet this season, especially since the arrival of Steven Gerrard in the dugout.
Gerrard was even quoted at one point as saying that Ramsey is the type of player he wants to build the future of the team around - and from one of the best to ever do it in that position - that is some nod of approval.
His multi-year extension proves that the former Liverpool captain is a man of his word, too.
Villa have the money to spend in this summer and beyond and there’s no doubting that they are going to go big in the market - especially when it comes to strengthening the midfield.
The claret & blue are expected to bring in at least two new men to compete in the middle of the park and yet despite what could be big names coming through the door, Gerrard is showing that he wants Ramsey to carry on being the mainstay alongside them.
It’s a credit to how the 20-year-old carries himself on and of the field and the new contract is more than deserved.
The question on everyone’s lips already though? ‘Is there a release clause?’
Nobody needs reminding about the other man in recent years that signed a new five-year contract with the club - less than a year later he was upping sticks in a record breaking move to Manchester City.
A big reason behind that was the fact his contract had a buy-out clause in it though.
Essentially, if any Champions League club bid the required amount for him - he was allowed to make the move.
Whilst we don’t expect full details of the contract to be released - it would be a huge shock to see Christian Purslow and co make the same mistake with Ramsey.
With that said, even if so, proof is in the pudding that the grass isn’t always greener.
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