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Nov 20 10 8:53 PM

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Barry Bannan penned a contract extension with Villa until 2014 after a whirlwind few weeks and admitted: "I am over the moon."

Bannan has been in sensational form for the claret and blue troops this season, with the midfield maestro excelli...ng in the central ground.

Boss Gerard Houllier has said on several occasions that Bannan has what it takes to be a top-flight star with his "skill, vision, tenacity and desire."

And the manager has shown his faith by handing the classy central star a new deal.

Bannan said: "Everything this season has been unbelievable. I could never have imagined it going so well for me.

"To get the deal is icing on the cake really.

"I knew I was capable of playing the way I have been playing and it was just about getting the chance.

"When Kev came in and took over I was in and around things, playing in Europe, and that was a big boost for me. From there, I have really kicked on.

"The new gaffer has come in and really taken to me. I've had chances and I've taken them.

"It's all come around so quickly, I haven't really had a chance to think about it. It's just been an unbelievable start.

"I am over the moon to be at the club - it's one of the biggest in the country.

"To be here and handed a new contract is unbelievable. It's a pleasure to be in and around a club like this.

"For me to get a new contract is brilliant. I'd sign my life away probably here the way it's going at the moment. It's fantastic."

Bannan is the latest young lion to sign a new contract, following Ciaran Clark and Marc Albrighton.

The Scottish international, in brilliant form for the Tartan Army on his senior debut in midweek, admits it's amazing playing in the top-flight alongside friends he has grown up with.

He added: "We've all grown up together and we're best of mates on and off the pitch.

"To be given the chance to play in the biggest league in the world alongside each other and contribute to the team is just unbelievable.

"A few years ago we were training together in the under-14s and the under-15s. Then it was about going out and enjoying yourself. Now we're performing on the big stage.

"A big thanks has to go to all the coaches that have led us on the way - Sean Verity, Gordon Cowans, Tony McAndrew and Kevin MacDonald. They all have contributed and bought us on as players.

"The gaffer has given us a chance too so a big thanks has to go to him too."

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