Midfielder in post Aston Villa transfer as he joins La Liga club after summer exit

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One of Aston Villa’s under-21 stars has earned a move to one of the biggest clubs in Spain, having been released this summer.

Recently released Aston Villa midfielder Declan Frith has found a new team following his exit from the club earlier this summer.

The 21-year-old left the club earlier this summer, following a near two-year spell with the Villa after joining from Premier League rivals Chelsea in October 2021.

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He made 24 appearances in total for Villa's under-21's team and got eight goals and seven assists, with the highlight being a brace against inter-city rivals Birmingham City. The versatile forward got six goals and five assists in 12 games in the 2022/23 Premier League 2 campaign, and also played two matches in the EFL Trophy.

He had also been a part of Charlton Athletic’s set-up, and had a spell at non-league outfit Welling United, before earning a move to Chelsea, and then winning a contract at Villa following a successful trial period. His time in England however has come to an end for the time being, after his representatives sourced an exciting new opportunity for him.

Frith has now opted for a move abroad following his exit from Villa Park, and has penned terms with La Liga outfit Valencia, according to their official club website. He linked up with his new club and trained with his teammates last Wednesday, and is now hoping to make an impact with the Spanish side.

The left-winger will first play for their reserve side which play at the fourth tier of Spanish football, unlike the English system which does not have under-21’s sides in its leagues. He did not feature for Valencia’s win over CE Manresa, but could make his debut against SE Penya Independent on Sunday, September 17.

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