Monday 10 June 2013
Andreas Weimann has signed a new deal to keep him at Aston Villa until June 2016. The 21-year-old Austria forward had his breakthrough season in the previous campaign, playing 30 Barclays Premier League and scoring seven goals for Paul Lambert’s team.
"The potential within this young, exciting team is really strong"
The graduate from the Villa academy, who joined from Rapid Vienna six years ago, is hoping that the form which took the club away from the relegation zone towards the end of last season will continue in the 2013/14 campaign.
"I didn't expect at the start of the season that it would go the way it did, with me being involved and starting games almost the whole of the way through,” Weimann told the Villa website. "It was exciting to be part of the team's development because the potential within this young, exciting team is really strong.
"The last several months of the season we played really well and got better and better as season went on. Hopefully, we can continue on like we finished and that will be the challenge. Like the other young players in the team, I want to keep improving as a player and keep pushing Villa as high as we can in the Premier League.
"He has drive and a hunger to succeed and that's vital"
"I feel like I owe the manager and the club because the manager backed me last season after he came in and I have always felt comfortable and really supported at the club.”
Lambert was delighted to extend the player’s stay. “Andi has shown a great work ethic and that's the big thing about him along with his quality," the Villa manager said. "He has drive and a hunger to succeed and that's vital. That's what we're looking for here at Villa.
"He got a sustained run at it last season and he showed the quality that marks him out as a natural finisher. He definitely knows where the goal is and his performances on that right side, coming off the lines, have been really great.”