After admitting his desire for Champions League football, the Argentine World Cup winner was expected to make a high-profile move this summer..
Martinez admitted it would be “easy” to move to one of Europe’s top clubs that compete at that level on a regular basis.
When manager Unai Emery chastised him for contesting a late corner from which Arsenal scored, it appeared Villa would struggle to keep their No.1.
However, against Bournemouth at the weekend, the 30-year-old kept his 33rd clean sheet in 99 Villa appearances, breaking Mark Bosnich and Brad Friedel’s record of 32 in 100.
Afterwards he spoke of his pride at setting the new standard and confessed: “It’s a great feeling..
I’ve always said that I’m thankful to this club and that I enjoy being here..
“My family is happy at the club; my son is obsessed with football and plays for the Under-6s in the Academy.
We’re having a great time here and hope to stay for a long time.”
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