Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Spanish winger Jota on a two-year deal.
The 27-year-old joins on an undisclosed fee from rivals Birmingham City and is Villa’s first new signing since they confirmed their return to the Premier League for the 2019/20 season.
Jota signs for Aston Villa: Four key things to know…
- Aston Villa confirmed their return to the Premier League by beating Derby 2-1 in the play-off final.
- The Villans have already announced the departure of nine players, including Micah Richards.
- But Villa fans have been handed good news, with Jota joining from rivals Birmingham City.
- The winger has signed on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The Spaniard had previously worked with Dean Smith during his time at Brentford and the Aston Villa manager is looking forward to the reunion.
He told Aston Villa’s official website: “I worked with Jota at Brentford. He’s a superb, talented player and Birmingham signed him as their record transfer.
“I’m really happy to have him back working with us. He’s got great ability, great balance and a great eye for both goals and assists.”
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And Jota also spoke of his delight in linking up with Smith, as well as a first taste of Premier League action.
“I am really happy to come and play for a club like Aston Villa,” he told the club’s YouTube channel.
“I am looking forward for the start of the next season. It was a long week this week with the medicals and all this stuff, but I am happy to become a player for this big club.
“I think it’s important for me to play in the Premier League, I was aiming for this for years, now I think I am in a good club to play in the Premier League, at one of the best clubs in England.”
“I know he [Smith] likes me a lot, I know the way he likes to play football, he knows I like to play this way with the ball. I was happy to be with him again, because at Brentford it was a good time for us and it could be another good year with him and this staff.”
The signing of Jota is one of many Aston Villa fans are hoping for this summer, with the club looking to make their return to the Premier League permanent, having been one of the founding members of the division.
It comes after Aston Villa announced the release of eight players, with Mile Jedinak, Alan Hutton, Tommy Elphick, Albert Adomah, Glenn Whelan, Ritchie De Laet, Mark Bunn and Micah Richards all leaving, as well as the departure of Gary Gardner to Birmingham.
Jota’s career so far
Aston Villa are Jota’s seventh different team since the winger turned pro, coming out of the Celta academy and also representing their B side. He would spend loan spells at Real Madrid Castilla and Eibar before signing for Brentford permanently in 2014.
Three good years in London followed which persuaded Birmingham to pay a club-record fee for the winger, with Jota spending two years at St Andrew’s before making the short trip to Villa Park.
Aston Villa fans get their man
Due to the speculation, which has been running for some time, Aston Villa fans were ecstatic to see the club confirm their first signing of the summer.
A big welcome to the biggest club in the Midlands to the best Jota in the Midlands
— James (@gortavfc) June 5, 2019
— Dylan Hall (@Dyl_avfc1) June 5, 2019
— Rey (@avfcreyenator) June 5, 2019
Welcome to the best and biggest club in the Midlands 😀
— Mark Smith (@smithy1874) June 5, 2019
— Anders Schelde Mai (@anders_mai) June 5, 2019
Dean Smith knows this guy, i have faith in what Smith can do for Villa. Please dont flop.
— Maximum Force Wrestling (@maximumforce123) June 5, 2019
Though some decided to turn their attention to the next signing.
NOW FOR MINGS
— reegan (@reeganavfc) June 5, 2019
— Hayden (@HaydAVFC) June 5, 2019
Good stuff- Mings next lads
— Evans (@Evnns_) June 5, 2019
This isn't mings
— Pete (@pas5898) June 5, 2019