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Clarets Sign Westwood

31 January 2017

Burnley Football Club is delighted to confirm the signing of midfielder Ashley Westwood from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee.

Westwood, 26, has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract at Turf Moor – with the option of a further year - and will wear squad number 18.

His move to Turf Moor ends a four-and-a-half year stay at Villa Park for the former Crewe Alexandra captain.

Westwood made 162 appearances for Villa, including 124 in the Premier League, and helped the Midlands club reach the 2015 FA Cup final against Arsenal.

But after relegation to the Championship last season, and a high turnover of managers and players at Villa Park, Westwood welcomed the chance of a move to Burnley and the chance to revive his Premier League career.

He told Clarets Player: “I’m delighted to be here. It’s happened fast but I’ve been made to feel very welcome and I can’t wait to get going.

“It feels like a proper football club and homely and that’s what I like. I like to be appreciated and I think I will definitely get that here.

“The manager at Villa said I could speak to Burnley and for me that was perfect – a fresh start because things had got a bit stale at Villa.

“It’s a fresh start and I want to show people what I can really do.

“I have had some great times at Villa but recently it’s not been too good. I’m back in the Premier League and I’ve got another chance - coming here into a dressing room like this, full of British talent, and people who want to do well.

“I fit that bill and hopefully we can grow as a team and keep on improving.”

Westwood - a former team-mate of Burnley full-back Matt Lowton in their time together at Villa Park - will watch the Clarets’ game against Premier League champions Leicester City at Turf Moor on Tuesday night before being eligible for the first time for Saturday’s trip to Watford.

He added: “It’s perfect for me. I didn’t have to think about it. It suits me and it suits the family.

“Driving up the M6 last night past Crewe, I thought ‘yeah, this is where I want to be’ and hopefully that shows in my football now.

“I have watched Burnley and they look a bunch of people who work hard and have definitely got enough talent and hopefully I can add to that.

“For any club to stay in the Premier League is a big achievement. Burnley are doing very well and hopefully that can keep improving.”

Westwood did not appear for Villa in their FA Cup third-round defeat at Tottenham and so will be eligible to play for Burnley in the competition.

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