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Breaking News ! Ruled out Liverpool defender Joel Matip will miss the rest of the season - including this weekend’s clash with Aston Villa - because of a foot injury sustained in the Merseyside derby. Cameroon international Matip has endured a frustrating campaign, in what has been a hugely successful one for the Reds as a collective after they secured their first Premier League title. Considered a first choice centre half partner of Virgil Van Dijk when fit, Matip has made just 13 appearances in all competitions this term after picking up a knee injury in October which kept him out until the new year. Like James Milner, he then limped off in the goalless draw at Goodison Park in Liverpool’s first game back after the restart. He told the club’s official website: “This season I will be not back on the pitch but for next season, I hope I’m going to be quite early a direct help for the team.” Scout steps down Aston Villa's European scout Juanfran has stepped down to take up the managerial role at Spanish second division side Lugo. Radio Marca in Spain claim the 43-year-old has left his position at Aston Villa after two-and-a-half years. Juanfran was appointed in January 2018 to assist Villa's sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch, more commonly known as Suso. Speaking in 2018, Juanfran said: "I am very grateful to Suso for giving me the opportunity to work with them because it means that it supports my professional and personal career because we have known each other for many years, and I am very grateful. "He did not need to finish the sentence, it is a privilege and a privilege to work for a club like Aston Villa. Everyone identifies it as a big club in England and it’s a dream come true." Juanfran mainly took on scouting duties for Villa in Spain and Portugal and was briefed by Suso on what head coach Dean Smith wanted and attempted to tailor his scouting missions accordingly. Juanfran has since taken over at struggling Lugo in north-western Spain following the sacking of coach Curro Torres. In total, Suso's right-hand man spent three seasons at Aston Villa and has now taken his first steps into management. Sneak peek It's the spanking-new 61-acre site that's aimed at catapulting Aston Villa back amongst the big boys in the years to come. Villa's all-new £14million academy building at Bodymoor Heath has finally been completed after an extensive two-year project. Villa, of course, banked £14.
. The club has used every penny of compensation to create a state-of-the-art academy complex in a bid to attract and train the stars of the future. Today, Villa announced seven of their under-18s - including Louie Barry and Kaine Kesler - have all signed professional contracts with the club keen to develop their own stars in the same ilk as captain Jack Grealish.
Exclusive look at Aston Villa's super-new £14m academy at Bodymoor Heath
The new academy building, which officially opened last year, has been the hub for Villa's youth teams and women's sides. The club had a new 500-seater stand and match pitch built just yards from the main building, watch the amazing drone footage at the top of this article . As well as the stadium, the site has five pristine grass pitches and a giant gated Astroturf pitch. There's also a fully synthetic 100m athletics sprint track, pitch floodlighting and player monitoring systems. In the academy building, facilities within the club house include offices for staff members and trainers, changing rooms with showers, toilets, a fully-fitted catering canteen, server room, gym and viewing balcony overlooking the training pitches. There's 100 car parking spaces and an overfill car park opposite. In exclusive, aerial photographs of the academy at Bodymoor Heath photos show the incredible transformation of the former sand and gravel quarry - just up from the first-team training base - into a super-new centre of excellence.
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Signed up Aston Villa have announced that seven of their up and coming players have agreed professional contracts. While the club’s situation currently involves a battle to survive in the Premier League, Villa have moved to ensure that the future looks bright by tying down a host of promising teenagers to deals to remain at the club for the foreseeable future. Among those players is striker Louie Barry, who arrived at the club in January from La Liga outfit Barcelona, having spent six months in Spain upon leaving West Brom. Defender Kaine Kesler, above, who like Barry has been training with the Villa first-team since the resumption of the league season, is also on the list of players who the club have offered terms to. Twins Myles and Harrison Sohna, defender Bradley Burton, midfielder Charlie Farr and striker Tristan Goodridge make up the seven names. Villa last week announced their retained list, which involved a number of high profile departures. Defender James Chester and striker Borja Baston were among those names on the list of players leaving Villa Park, while academy prospects Callum O’Hare, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, Jake Doyle-Hayes, Andre Green and Matjia Sarkic also appeared on a list of 14 players not offered new deals by the club.
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