Robin Olsen reveals contract details after completing Aston Villa transfer
Robin Olsen has revealed details of his permanent move to Aston Villa from Roma.
The Swedish number one joined Villa on loan in January, having been loaned out to Sheffield United at the start of the season. The 32-year-old had to wait until the last day of the season to make his debut for Steven Gerrard’s side, replacing the injured Emiliano Martinez in the 3-2 loss to Manchester City.
Olsen becomes Villa’s fourth summer signing of the transfer window, like Philippe Coutinho who has made his loan permanent, while Boubacar Kamara and Diego are newcomers to Villa Park. A club statement said the goalkeeper joined for an undisclosed fee, although it is understood that Villa had negotiated a €3.5m (£3m) option to buy Olsen in January.
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The contract length of the deal was also omitted from the statement, but the ex-Copenhagen shot-stopper helped clarify the situation on social media. Writing on Instagram shortly after the deal was announced, he said: “Really happy to be part of this club for the next 3 years. STV”
The experienced goalkeeper has 57 caps for Sweden and featured in a World Cup, as well as the Champions League. Although he had limited playing time in a Villa shirt, he clearly impressed manager Steven Gerrard and his coaching staff at Bodymoor Heath.
Olsen will offer quality support to first-choice Emiliano Martinez and end a spell on successive loans for the new Villa keeper. Signed by Roma in 2018, after Alisson left for Liverpool, in a deal worth up to £12million, he spent just a year at the club before temporary spells with Cagliari, Everton, Sheffield United and Villa.