Tom Heaton joined Aston Villa from Burnley last summer.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton says he plans to stay in football after retirement and eyes up a future coaching role at Burnley, inews report.

Heaton joined Villa from Burnley last summer for £8 million.

The 33-year-old began the campaign as the club’s number one, but a knee ligament injury in January ended his season prematurely.

Speaking to reporters, Heaton admits he wants to remain in football after retirement and plots a future with former club Burnley.

“I think staying in football, hopefully it will five or six years down the line, but I think it would be difficult to come away from. Coaching and management or something down that line would be great,” he said.

“I have got a connection with the football club (at Burnley) and if it is in and around there in the future then that would be fantastic. You never know but it is something that would massively appeal to me.”

Heaton made over 200 appearances for Burnley in six years at the club.

He left the Clarets to join Villa with England international Nick Pope and Joe Hart the two other goalkeeping options at Turf Moor.

Heaton’s immediate future at Villa may depend on their league standing.

Dean Smith’s side are currently 19th in the Premier League table. The Covid-19 virus, however, has prompted a suspension to football until the summer.

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