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ASTON VILLA have tied down young defender Liam Ridgewell to a new four-year deal.

The England Under-20 defender has yet to make his debut for Villa, but has established himself as a member of Graham Taylor's squad.

The 18-year-old has been out on loan at Bournemouth for the past month in a bid to gain valuable first-team experience.

Ridgewell is highly-regarded within the corridors of Villa Park and he was delighted to pledge his future to the club.

"It's everything I've dreamed about since I was a young kid," Ridgewell told the club's official website. "I signed a pro contract on my 17th birthday, but that was about to expire. So it's good to secure a longer deal and get it off my mind.

"The club have invested a lot of faith in me and hopefully I can repay that by winning a place in the first team."