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Glenn Whelan aiming for Premier League return as he signs two-year contract with Aston Villa

The 81-cap Ireland midfielder ends a nine year stay with Stoke City.

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IRELAND MIDFIELDER GLENN Whelan has signed a two-year contract after moving from Stoke City to Aston Villa.

The move ends an almost decade-long association with the Potters for the 33-year-old. The fee for the Dubliner could reportedly rise to over £1 million (€1.125 million) depending on targets, bonuses and success.

The 81-cap international will join the Championship side as they look towards a return to the Premier League after signing ex-England captain John Terry and Egyptian winger Ahmed Elmohamady.

“We may be in the Championship, but everything about this club screams Premier League – and it’s the job of the players to get us back up there,” Whelan said in Villa’s statement today.

“I am looking forward to working with Steve Bruce.  I know he has a phenomenal record in achieving promotion to the top-flight and, having spoken to him at length, I am more than aware of how much he wants to get back there again with this great club.”

He added: “I have enjoyed happy times at Stoke City but now is the time for a new football adventure – and what a club to join in Aston Villa.”

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