Ty Bracey: Ollie Watkins desire for trophies could see Aston Villa exit
Ollie Watkins’ desire to win silverware could see him tempted by the chance to move to a top-six side, according to Ty Bracey.
The club announced (6 October) that the Englishman has penned a new five-year deal keeping him at Villa Park until 2028 as a reward for his excellent form in the last few seasons. Since 2020/21, Watkins has netted 40 Premier League goals, helping the Villans return to European football this term.
Reports from past months have suggested the 27-year-old was in demand. The Sun claimed (29 April) that German giants Bayern Munich considered a move, while The Athletic reported (17 June) that Manchester United had watched him. While most knew it, links to huge clubs suggest that the football world sees Watkins as a top talent ready for the very top.
Despite his new contract, Bracey claims that big clubs could still consider a move for the striker. He also noted Watkins’ personal desire to win trophies, which would be more likely at a European regular than at Villa Park.
Speaking exclusively to Villa News, Bracey said: “There were a few clubs sniffing around and I think they will still sniff around. It just means his price goes up as they’re essentially buying him out of his contract.
“It all depends on how much a club wants a player, but it’s good that he’s signed the contract and committed to Aston Villa. We’re doing well this season so far and we just need to keep that consistency up.
“I can assume as a Premier League striker, when you’re playing well and doing well, you’re going to want to go for trophies. It’s all every footballer wants to do. We’ve told the ‘Big Six’ to back off, but if they come in with a ridiculous offer and he accepts a move, it is what it is.”
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