After Aston Villa confirmed Tyrone Mings has signed a new contract with the club, the length of his new agreement has been touted.
As per the club’s statement, the 29-year-old has put pen to paper on a new contract, but no specific details were shared with Mings’ previous deal set to run until June 2024.
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Naturally, the expectation was that the Villa centre-half had extended his stay at the club, and according to BirminghamLive, his new contract now keeps him at the club until 2026.
That’s echoed by The Athletic’s Gregg Evans, and so while there isn’t any official confirmation as of yet, it seems as though Mings will remain at Villa for at least another three-and-a-half years.
That means he’ll be with us until he turns 33, and so it’s hoped that these are now the peak years of his career ahead that he’ll be spending at Villa, having established himself as a pivotal figure under Unai Emery thus far.
Whether he remains a long-term starter or squad player in the longer term, it was also important that Villa addressed his contract situation given he would have had just 12 months remaining on his previous deal this summer.
Mings’ importance was highlighted again last weekend in his absence against Man City, given our struggles without him in the side.
Since the 2019/20 season, he has missed 12 Premier League games. In those games, Villa have won one, drawn two and suffered nine defeats, while conceding 24 goals.
In turn, it’s a real boost to have secured his future, and while Diego Carlos will add much-needed quality competition and depth when he returns from injury, Emery will arguably see that as an area of his current squad that still needs to improve moving forward.
That could mean additional competition for Mings to keep his place in the side, but for now, he will continue to be a pillar of the Villa XI and he’ll hopefully be able to return from injury to face Arsenal this weekend as we look to get back to winning ways.