Gabriel Agbonlahor: I’m happy to end my career at Aston Villa
Gabriel Agbonlahor has emphasised his desire to see out the remainder of his career at Aston Villa.
The 24-year-old signed a four-and-a-half year contract on Friday to keep him at Villa Park until 2015. Agbonlahor, a product of Villa’s fruitful youth academy, began his career at the club as an eight-year-old.
The England international broke into Villa’s first team in 2005 making his debut against Everton at Goodison Park. He has since made 175 appearances for the club with a strike record of 51 goals.
“I’m delighted to carry on and sign this new contract,” said Agbonlahor. “I am happy and I just want to keep on playing for Villa. It’s my childhood club.
“It’s the club I support and love and I just want to keep playing and improving year on year.”
Agbonlahor alluded to Steven Gerrard as an example of a dying breed of “one-club” players and he hopes to leave a similar legacy at Villa Park.
“If you look at other clubs and the likes of Steven Gerrard with Liverpool, you can’t see him playing anywhere else,” he continued.
“It’s the same with me. I can’t really see myself playing at any other club. It’s the club I love and I’m happy.”
He added: “It’s a good example for the young players. If they can work hard – the ones coming through – they can get this time at one club.
“It’s important nowadays to not move from club to club. If you’re happy at a club, stay there. That’s what I’m looking to do.”