Official: Aston Villa announce signing of Boubacar Kamara

Aston Villa have officially confirmed the signing of Boubacar Kamara on a free transfer on a five-year contract.

The 22-year-old’s contract with Marseille is set to expire next month, and having decided to leave the French club, it has been announced that he will be joining Villa this summer.

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Kamara made 170 appearances for Marseille during his time there having come through the youth ranks, while he was recently called up to the France squad for their upcoming UEFA Nations League games after an impressive season this year.

However, he’ll now form an integral part of Steven Gerrard’s plans moving forward, as he becomes our second signing of the summer transfer window, following Philippe Coutinho’s loan move becoming a permanent one earlier this month.

On the signing of Kamara, Gerrard said: “I am delighted that we have been able to attract one of the most promising young talents in European football. We have a very clear plan to make our team stronger and Bouba is an important part of that.”

In addition to the quality, talent and room for development that Kamara brings to Villa, it addresses a key issue in the current squad given our troubles in the defensive midfield role.

The Frenchman will add physicality, energy and defensive protection in that area of the pitch, while he also has the versatility to play in defence if needed too.

It’s another top signing from Villa as we continue to strengthen and allow Gerrard to stamp his mark on the squad, and it’s hoped that Kamara now becomes a fundamental figure in the side as we continue to try and kick on and compete at a higher level.