Aston Villa defender completes move to Championship


James Chester has made his move to Stoke City a permanent arrangement on a free transfer after his contract with Aston Villa ends.The centerback, a fan favorite during his time at Villa, spent four years at Villa Park but suffered injuries in his senior year and was loaned to the Potters in January, on a loan that would last the rest of the season .

Meanwhile, on either side of the lockdown, Chester made 16 appearances for Stoke as they avoided relegation under Michael O’Neill.

The Welshman was spotted as the club entered preseason training, the Stoke Sentinel report, and Chester did enough during his loan spell to prompt O’Neill and Stoke to offer him permanent mandates.

Chester, now 31, has made more than 120 appearances for Villa, the majority of them in the Championship, after signing for around £ 9million from West Brom.

He forged a thriving partnership with John Terry during Villa coach’s only campaign now at the club as a player; the pair helped Villa reach the play-offs final at Wembley in 2018, only for them to taste defeat to Fulham.

He last played for Villa in a league game in January 2019, before suffering a series of injury setbacks that limited him to cup appearances under Dean Smith from there.

In the last season, while in good shape again, he struggled to break into the back line after the club caught Tyrone Mings and Kortney Hause on standing deals and added Ezri Konsa and Bjorn Engels .


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