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Aston Villa bring in experienced Stoke midfielder

Aston Villa have confirmed the arrival of Glenn Whelan from Stoke City on a two-year deal. 

The Championship outfit had been heavily linked with a move for the 33-year-old for some time and on Thursday, made his signing official.

“Aston Villa are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Glenn Whelan,” a statement read on the club’s official website.

“Whelan joins us from Stoke City on a two-year deal.

“The 33-year-old arrives following nine years in the Potteries with spells at Manchester City, Bury and Sheffield Wednesday previously.

“Whelan was a regular under both Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes and was a huge fan favourite due to his industry and tenacity.

“He has also been capped over 80 times by the Republic of Ireland.”

On his move to Villa Park, Whelan said: “I have enjoyed happy times at Stoke City but now is the time for a new football adventure – and what a club to join in Aston Villa.

“We may be in the Championship but everything about this club screams Premier League – and it’s the job of the players to get us back up there.

“I am looking forward to working with Steve Bruce.

“I know he has a phenomenal record in achieving promotion to the top-flight and, having spoken to him at length, I am more than aware of how much he wants to get back there again with this great club.”

 

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