Villa sign Jota as Gardner moves other way to Birmingham


Aston Villa have signed Jota from city rivals Birmingham for an undisclosed fee. The 27-year-old Spanish attacker has signed a two-year contract with the Premier League newcomers. He is reunited at Villa Park with Dean Smith, who was also his manager at Brentford. Meanwhile, Villa midfielder Gary Gardner has completed a permanent transfer in the opposite direction for an undisclosed fee. “I can’t wait to be in the #PL with this club.” 👊@KingJota speaks for the first time as an #AVFC player.#PartOfThePride — Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) June 5, 2019 Gardner, 26, spent last season on loan at Blues but he has now signed a three-year contract at St Andrew’s. “I worked with Jota at Brentford. He’s a superb, talented player and Birmingham signed him as their record transfer,” Villa boss Smith told the club’s official website. “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.” Gary Gardner is a blue!💙 — Connor Mahoney (@_ConnorMahoney) June 5, 2019 Jota joined Brentford from Celta Vigo in 2014 and moved to Birmingham three years later. He made 32 appearances during his first season at Blues, scoring five goals. Last season he played 40 times in the Championship – seven occasions as a substitute – and found the back of the net three times. Gardner, who came through the academy at Villa and made his debut in December 2011, played many times with Jota last season for Blues, having started 39 Championship matches for Garry Monk’s side. Topics Aston Villa, Birmingham, Championship, Gary Gardner, Premier League Gardner joins Brighton on loan from Aston Villa Aston Villa duo pen new two-year deals Jota close to Villa switch, with Gardner heading the other way in Birmingham swap deal Fans arrested after troubling incidents as players are attacked Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick sends Portugal into Nations League final Southgate quiet over Kane availability to face Holland Raheem Sterling angered by England captaincy confusion Gareth Southgate refuses to discuss team selection Jill Scott urges England to keep their focus at Women’s World Cup Diego Maradona says he should be next Manchester United manager – and delivers verdict on Paul Pogba Arsenal put €25m price-tag on defender as Barcelona come sniffing Manchester United’s failure to hire a director of football reveals the indecision gripping the club The Dirty Dozen: The 12 dirtiest players in Premier League history Is Virgil van Dijk now the favourite for this year’s Ballon d’Or?

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