Birkir Bjarnason has mutually agreed his departure from Aston Villa.
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Aston Villa have made their transfer business early in the window and incoming players seem to be all but done, according to manager Dean Smith.
Smith didn’t say anything about outgoings though and while some youngsters and most likely to be sent off on loan, Birkir Bjarnason has mutually agreed to terminate his contract with Villa.
This is a bit of a statement of intent from Villa who is looking to get younger in the midfield areas of the pitch and “Thor” is not getting any younger.
The additions of Marvelous Nakamba and Douglas Luiz should have been a clear indicator that at least one midfielder was out of the door. Bjarnason didn’t have a terrible time at Aston Villa by any means, he just couldn’t ever seem to nail down a permanent place in the starting eleven throughout two different managers.
This move is more of a positive than a negative from the point of view of Villa and Bjarnason. If Aston Villa did plan to keep the midfielder around, it looks more and more likely that he would not feature in the team enough for a player of his age and ability.
This also allows him to find an easier move elsewhere.
Most supporters will always remember his rampaging goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers two seasons ago, which will always be looked upon with fondness.
Best of luck to Birkir in his future endeavours!