Daniel Johnson 'still close' with Aston Villa squad despite being sold in January

Preston North End

Daniel Johnson says he will attend Aston Villa's FA Cup final.

Preston North End midfielder Daniel Johnson has told The Sun that he remains close with the Aston Villa squad despite being sold in January.

Johnson, 22, joined Villa from Crystal Palace in 2009, and despite being a regular for the youth and reserve teams at Villa Park, he didn't even make one competitive appearance for the club.

After loan spells with Yeovil Town, Chesterfield and Oldham Athletic, Johnson left Villa Park for good in January, as he joined League One side Preston for a fee of just £50,000, as North End boss Simon Grayson told The Mirror in February.

Johnson has been a star for Preston ever since his move to Deepdale, hitting eight goals in just 20 appearances for the Lilywhites.

The Jamaican must now prepare for the League One play-offs after Preston's heartbreaking 1-0 defeat to Colchester on Sunday, and Johnson will be hoping for a trip to Wembley at the end of it.

Yet in an interview with The Sun, Johnson says that he will be travelling to Wembley to watch his former club in the FA Cup final against Arsenal - and remains close with the Aston Villa squad despite being sold just four months ago.

"I am close to all the lads at Villa and some of the staff there so I hope they stay up and they have got a good chance of winning the FA Cup," said Johnson. "It will be a tough game but I hope they do it. I am sure I will go."

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