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Aston Villa completes Bertrand Traore signing from Lyon

The signing of former Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore from Lyon has been confirmed by Aston Villa.

The 25-year-old, who left for Lyon in 2017 from Stamford Bridge, has returned to England on a £19 m contract.

Traore, Burkina Faso International also had loan spells with the Vitesse and Ajax Dutch clubs.

Following the arrivals of Emi Martinez, Ben Chrisene, Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins, Traore will become Villa’s fifth signing of the summer.

The Villains have also secured Jack Grealish’s long-term future by locking him down to a new deal.

Details of Traore’s contract at Villa Park have not been announced by the club.

Villa boss Dean Smith told his club’s website: “We’re delighted that Bertrand has chosen to come to Villa.

“He’s a player with immense talent who will really enhance our attacking options.”

Villa legend Gabby Agbonlahor believes convincing Grealish to stay will prove bigger than any signing the club make.

“I’ve played with some great players but for natural ability I’ve got to say Jack Grealish [is the best],” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.

“I know that will upset a few players I’ve played with but for me I’ve seen nothing like him. Even in training.

“The quickest players, the best defenders, he will run past you like you’re not there.

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