Clark is currently on loan from Villa at League Two side Port Vale.

Mitchell Clark has told the Stoke Sentinel that he is looking forward to returning to Aston Villa under new manager Dean Smith, stating that he sees his long-term future with the Championship club.

Clark, 19, has started and finished all 11 of Port Vale’s League Two matches this season, playing in four different positions for Neil Aspin’s side – right-back, left-back and on both wings.

A prominent member of Villa’s second string, Wales youth international Clark has also made one senior appearance – playing 90 minutes of Villa’s Carabao Cup 4-1 win over Wigan Athletic last season.

This season, he has opted to move out on loan for the first time in his career and it is seemingly proving dividends as he continues to impress. Clark stated that he is hoping he can be in Smith’s thinking, by impressing at Vale.

“At the minute I am at Port Vale so I am trying to keep my focus on Vale and, whenever the time comes when I go back to Villa, hopefully I can be in the manager’s view,” Clark said.

“I know Villa are watching me while I am playing for Vale. I just have to make sure I keep playing well and keep performing for Vale and try to help them get three points every week.”

Smith has a big decision to make on Clark’s future, with his contract expiring at the end of his loan with Vale. If Clark is to remain at Villa, Smith must extend his current deal.

But Clark is certainly going the right way about it, impressing in England’s fourth tier and at just 19 years of age and offering plenty of versatility, Clark could find himself earning a new deal.

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