Aston Villa announces academy closure as transfer decisions are made
Aston Villa have announced the exit of nine players from the academy this summer.
The club announced their shortlisted and released with nine other youngsters pledging their futures at the club for another season.
As BirminghamLive first reported in April, those leaving this summer are: left-back Callum Rowe, right-back Jake Walker, center-back Brad Burton, midfielders Jack Clarke, Ben Guy and Lewis Brunt as well as wingers Charlie Farr and Michel Tait.
Defender Patrick Zito, 18, has been offered a short-term contract to prove himself ahead of a new deal.
Elsewhere, Villa has confirmed that the following players will be selected for next season: goalkeeper Akos Onodi, center-back Mungo Bridge, striker DJ Sturridge and winger Tyreik Wright, the latter spending the latter part of last season in loan to League Two Walsall.
Brad Young, Filip Marschall, Arjan Raikhy, Hayden Lindley and Mamadou Sylla – along with all members of Villa’s FA Youth Cup winning squad – were also selected, with the majority slated to move from Under-18 football to under 23 while loan options will be assessed by Mile Jedinak, Villa’s new player development coach on loan.
“Aston Villa would like to thank each of the players who leave for their valuable contributions during their time at the club and wish them the best for the future,” the club said.
Among Villa’s Under-23s, goalkeeper Viljami Sinisalo, Dominic Revan, Cameron Archer and Louie Barry all remain under contract with the club. Carney Chukwuemeka and Jaden Philogene-Bidace both signed new deals last season with first-team boss Dean Smith again involving the pair in his Premier League plans.
Looking ahead to the preseason, Smith spoke about his plans: “We already have games sorted. We have a very good academy right now at the club and we have just won the FA Youth Cup which will help to make a few additions to the practice group as we begin our preseason.
“We can watch them well and they can see how we are working at the first team level.”