Aston Villa target Zlatko Junuzovic signs contract extension at Werder Bremen

Weserstadion exterior - Werder Bremen

The Austrian international is staying in the Bundesliga for now.

Aston Villa are having a poor week. The club have slipped into the relegation zone and sacked their manager. Paul Lambert is gone, but the plus side of that was a potential return for in form Darren Bent. Could he do what Connor Wickham did for Sunderland last season and guide Villa to survival? No. Because Villa cannot recall him from Derby County.

Now a summer transfer target is no longer a plausible target.

In the summer Aston Villa were linked with the Austrian talent Zlatko Junuzovic. The 27-year-old was running out of contract in the summer of 2015 and Villa were linked with his signature by Sky Sports.

In December he opened the door to a potential move away from the club in January, telling Bild that he was 'listening' to options regarding a move away from the club.

But if struggling Villa were hoping to take advantage of the player's contract issue that has is no longer a factor.

Werder Bremen have today confirmed the Austrian as signing a contract extension at the club. Bundesliga.com report that he has signed a three-year extension at the club, keeping him at the Weserstadion until the end of the 2017-18 season.

He says of the deal:

"In the last few years, Werder's become like a second home to me and you can all see we're heading in the right direction on the pitch.

"I put pen to paper convinced that this team, with the back-room staff and above all these fans are capable of achieving something very special."

So if Junuzovic remained on the Aston Villa wanted list, he will no longer be arriving for free.

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