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Downing happy to stay at Villa

Stewart Downing claims he is happy at Aston Villa, insisting speculation about his future comes with the territory if you are playing well.

Downing has a further two years to run on his contract at Villa Park, but the club have moved to open talks amid speculation Downing is being tracked by a number of teams - including Liverpool.

The winger has confirmed discussions are underway, but the England international stopped short of openly pledging his future to the club.

"I think there have been a couple of conversations already with my agent," Downing told the Birmingham Mail. "I've already spoken to the manager who has said he'd like to keep me. I've still got two years left and they've come to me with an offer.

"For a player, that is brilliant because it gives you confidence they have faith in you and that they reward players if they do well. I'm enjoying my stay here. I've enjoyed it since the first day I came. It's a terrific football club. It's fantastic they want me."

Regarding speculation about his future, Downing said: "It's part and parcel of being a player and doing well. Ever since I was young I've read stories saying 'you're going here, you're going there'.

"Obviously if you have a good season you get linked, but I'm happy here."

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