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The 25-year-old midfielder moved to Villa Park from Crewe in 2012 and has gone on to establish himself in the first-team picture. And having played all of Saturday’s opening day win at Bournemouth, Westwood has now committed himself to Villa for the foreseeable future. Ashley Westwood has penned a new five-year contract at Aston Villa, the Barclays Premier League club have announced. “I am extremely pleased to sign a new contract and commit my future to Aston Villa,” he told the club’s official website. “I was made to feel very welcome from the moment I first walked through the door and I’m very happy at the club. “I believe I’m now entering what I hope will be the peak years of my career and I look forward to spending them here.” Tim Sherwood’s side welcome Manchester United to Villa Park on Friday night, with the winners guaranteed to top the Premier League table heading into the remaining weekend fixtures. Press Association
Press Association Louis van Gaal splashed out £36million to buy the winger from Monaco on transfer deadline day. The deal made waves across the footballing world, but Rooney concedes that, despite the buzz surrounding the 19-year-old, he is largely in the dark about his new team-mate. “I haven’t seen much of him play, to be honest, so I can’t say too much,” Rooney said on the eve of England’s Euro 2016 qualifier in San Marino. “He was fantastic against Arsenal last season. “He’s got a lot of ability from what I’ve seen and I’m sure he’ll be a great player for us.” Martial is currently on international duty himself, having been given his first senior call-up by France. He made no attempt to hide the fact he sees himself as a potential rival for Rooney’s place up front this week, admitting he told Van Gaal he prefers to play in a central role. “He asked me my preferred position,” Martial said. “I prefer to play in the centre but he told me I could play in a number of positions – it is the coach who decides but whatever position I play, I will do the best I can.” Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney admits he knows little about new team-mate Anthony Martial, despite the youngster becoming the world’s most expensive teenager.