English Premiership

Tuanzebe returns to Villa on season-long loan

2018-08-07 07:29
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Cape Town - Axel Tuanzebe has returned to Aston Villa for a second spell after joining the Championship side on a season-long loan from Manchester United.

The 20-year-old defender spent the second half of the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Villa Park, although an ankle injury limited him to just five league appearances.

Tuanzebe was included in United's pre-season touring party and featured in all six of their friendlies, but with another centre-back expected to arrive at Old Trafford before Thursday's transfer deadline, the youngster has been allowed to continue his development under former Red Devils captain Steve Bruce.

The England Under-21 international is targeting promotion with Bruce's side, who only just missed out last term after losing 1-0 to Fulham in the play-off final.

"It's great to be back. This is a big, big club and to represent it again is a big honour for me," Tuanzebe told the club's official website.

"It made perfect sense for me to return for the season ahead. I know my way around the place now and owe a lot to the great people who've really looked after me.

"It was a no-brainer and now the ambition remains the same as last season - to reach the Premier League.

"I believe the squad we have here are more than capable of achieving it and playing at that level."

 

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