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Young forward eager to sign with Villa despite turmoil

Callum Robinson is out of contract this summer, but he's eager to re-sign with Aston Villa.

Tony Marshall

He may not have quite the promise of a Jack Grealish, but Callum Robinson is one of Aston Villa's most promising young stars. This season, he scored ten goals for the Villa U-21 and appeared in four of the club's last five matches after making his senior debut against Tottenham in the Capital One Cup. Despite his promise, Robinson is out of contract with Villa this summer, and is having troubles coming to terms on a new one. Apparently he feels that the club are not offering wages commensurate with his emerging presence as a player on the fringes of regular first-team football. 

The good news is that the contract negotiations seem to have merely hit a bump as, despite rumoured interest from Cardiff City and Derby County, Robinson is eager to re-sign with Villa. He's been with the club since he was eight, so it's hardly surprising that the 19-year-old feels a bit of loyalty to Villa. 

Given that he'll be fairly cheap regardless of what happens, let's hope that this is a deal Villa can finish fairly soon. He will travel with some other Villa youth to the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens tournament next weekend, but negotiations are expected to resume when he returns. He's not a key player yet, but there is a lot of potential in Robinson and it'd be a shame to see it go elsewhere.