Manager sends Aston Villa 'fantastic' message over £15m transfer

Morgan Rogers
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Michael Carrick insists he’s delighted to see Morgan Rogers shine at Aston Villa.

Villa signed the forward from Carrick’s Middlesbrough for £8m plus add-ons on January transfer window deadline day. The 21-year-old went on to play 11 times in the Premier League for Unai Emery’s side as they clinched fourth place in the top flight and qualification for next season’s Champions League and he also played five times in the Europa Conference League as they reached the semi-finals.

Rogers also scored important goals in draws against Brentford and Chelsea and victory over Bournemouth as Villa beat Tottenham to a top-four finish. Villa could eventually pay £15m for the youngster, who Boro signed from Manchester City last summer, and Carrick says he’s pleased to see him make such a positive start to his Villa career.

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“In terms of Morgan, from my point of view, I take great satisfaction in seeing him do so well,” said Carrick. “He’s a fantastic lad. Of course, we don’t want to lose many - or any at all really. But to see him go and do so well is really pleasing.”

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