Orjan Nyland has left Aston Villa after agreeing a mutual contract termination with the club.
Words: Regan Foy | @findfoy
Ørjan Nyland has tonight left Aston Villa after mutually agreeing to terminate his contract, which had eight months remaining on it.
This means that Aston Villa will have paid out the remaining wages on his contract – or would have agreed a compensation amount with the Norway international.
The goalkeeper, who was a major part of Aston Villa’s run to the Carabao Cup Final last year, will now be a free agent and able to be picked up for free for any clubs interested – with a move back to Germany the most likely destination.
Nyland had clearly improved from his time in the Sky Bet Championship when he received the opportunity to showcase his ability last season, and fans will remember the ‘keeper for a stunning acrobatic save against Leicester City in the cup to deny a James Maddison goal.
The former Aston Villa man was embroiled in controversy as the league resumed post-lockdown, with the first game back showcasing an issue with Hawk-Eye as the Norwegian fell into his own net whilst carrying the ball. The goal should have been given, but with Hawk-Eye not working correctly – the club managed to secure a draw in their first game back.
With new number one Emiliano Martinez performing admirably in between the sticks currently, and Tom Heaton returning from injury within a few weeks, Ørjan found himself likely to be fourth choice ahead of the new season.
Jed Steer is on a long-term contract, which would see him likely to remain as a third choice option. There has been no news about the future of Lovre Kalinic, who would likely want to leave ahead of next year’s EURO’s, but the club may decide to keep him around after two goalkeeping crises in the last two seasons.
The goalkeeper’s last appearance for the club came in the Carabao Cup this season, as Aston Villa beat Burton Albion.
Best of luck for the future Ørjan!