28 July 2017

Nathan Baker ends 13-year spell with Aston Villa after signing four-year deal with Bristol City

NATHAN BAKER has left Aston Villa after 13 years with the club, to sign a four-year-deal with Bristol City.

The 26-year-old defender made 38 appearances for the Robins during a loan spell in 2015-16, scoring once.

Nathan Baker has penned a four-year deal with Bristol City
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Nathan Baker has ended his 13-year spell at Aston Villa
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Now, despite making 34 appearances for Villa last season, the arrival of John Terry and Chris Samba this summer has seen Baker drop down the pecking order at Villa Park.

Robins boss Lee Johnson said: “Nathan knows all about Bristol City, he has played in the Premier League before and is still only 26.

“We are delighted to sign a player of his quality.”

Baker joined Villa as a 13-year-old and represented England at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level but failed to really establish himself as a first choice player for Villa.

Ironically, Baker is suspended for the first game of the season, meaning he will make his Bristol City debut second time around, against Birmingham City at St Andrew’s on August 12.

Baker took to Twitter to thank his former fans by writing: “A massive thank you to @AVFCOfficial and the Fans for all the support you have given me during my time at the club! THANK YOU!”

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And speaking after his move, Baker told Bristol City’s official site: “I’m delighted to come back.

“When Bristol City put the offer in it made me feel good about myself again.

“I spent a long time of my career at Villa but it feels like the right time to move on with Bristol City.

“It helps that I know the club already, but the main thing for me is the potential of the club – it was an easy decision for me.”

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