Unai Emery is preparing to offer a new contract to one of his key players.

Unai Emery is preparing to offer a new contract to one of his key players.

According to a rumor, Aston Villa have already completed contract talks with one of their important players, who has signed a new term with a significant wage boost.

Which Aston Villa players have signed new deals?
Back in the summer, it was rumoured that Villa Park striker Ollie Watkins was due to be handed new terms after impressing manager Unai Emery, but the attacker is yet to agree to a new contract, with his current contract set to end in the summer of 2025.

Transfer insider Dean Jones has suggested Watkins could emerge as an option for Chelsea in the January transfer window, should Villa fail to tie him down to a new deal, and he is not the only player linked with a move to another Premier League club.

Arsenal have long been interested in a move for Douglas Luiz, having failed to sign him in the past, but the Villans are in a strong negotiating position, as the Brazilian is currently contracted until the summer of 2026, meaning they can hold out for a huge offer.

Ollie Watkins' EFL journey - The English Football League

Luiz signed a new long-term deal last October, and Aston Villa have now moved onto Ezri Konsa, with The Daily Mail reporting this week they had entered contract talks with the defender.

As a reward for his fine form since Emery took over as manager, the centre-back is apparently getting a big pay increase, with the new terms moving him closer to Villa’s top pay bracket, and it seems the deal has now been completed.

The club announced the breakthrough in talks on Wednesday evening – not long after the initial report – as they have already completed the deal with the promising defender, locking him up to a “long term” new deal.

Reporter Tom Collomosse, who also asked the question of an England call-up for Konsa, shared further details on the deal on X, confirming the previous reports of a big pay hike: “Konsa signs new Villa deal. Five years, significant pay rise.”

Will Ezri Konsa get called up to the England squad?

England manager Gareth Southgate has been chastised in the media for a perceived “big club bias” in sticking with Harry Maguire throughout the last international break, despite the 30-year-old making just one appearance this season.

Fikayo Tomori has likewise struggled to break into the England squad, having made only three appearances for the Three Lions despite being a regular in the Milan starting XI, including playing the complete 90 minutes against Newcastle United in the Champions League.

As a result, it is not surprising that Konsa has been overlooked by Southgate, but he has proven himself worthy of a call-up, appearing in every Premier League game as Villa qualified for the Europa League last season.

After being dubbed “amazing” by the media, it’s excellent news that the defender has now signed a new deal, regardless of whether he’ll be considered by Southgate anytime soon.

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