The 26-year-old, who joined Villa from Bayer Leverkusen in August 2021, is enjoying his most fruitful season to date in the West Midlands, having scored 12 goals and provided 11 assists in 40 appearances. He has been integral to Unai Emery’s side making a strong push for the Champions League and signed a new contract last month.

Villa currently sit fourth, three points above Tottenham in fifth and nine ahead of sixth-place Manchester United in the race for Europe’s elite club competition. The Villans are also into the quarter final of the Europa Conference League and face French side Lille in the last eight next month.