Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor says he does not intend to leave the club

Gabriel Agbonlahor: Would be happy to stay at Aston Villa for the rest of his career

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Gabriel Agbonlahor does not expect to be the next high-profile departure from the Aston Villa squad.

The striker has seen the talents of James Milner, Ashley Young, Gareth Barry and Stewart Downing leave Villa Park since making his first-team debut aged 19 six-and-a-half years ago.

Agbonlahor is now one of the longest-serving players in Paul Lambert's squad, and he is adamant that his affinity for the club he has served through the junior ranks into the senior set-up is as strong as ever.

"You can never say never, but as long as the club want me here - I've got two years and an option for another year - then I will stay," he declared.

"If the club wants to keep me and I'm happy, I will stay at the club for the rest of my career.

"You can say I haven't had a move, I haven't had this or that, but I'm happy to be at Aston Villa.

"If those players (Milner, Young, Barry, Downing) had been home-grown players, you never know what their choice would have been.

"If the club wants to keep me and I'm happy, I will stay at the club for the rest of my career."

Gabriel Agbonlahor

"For me even if a big club had come in for me, they would have known that I wanted to stay here. It's different for me."

Agbonlahor has also had enough time to see similarities between Martin O'Neill, who made him a first-team regular, and Paul Lambert following the latter's arrival at Villa Park in the summer of 2012.

"He had a spell with Martin so he's obviously picked up a few things," he said.

"You can tell what he is like on the touchline, similar to what Martin was like when he was here, jumping up and down.

"I think he is passionate about the game like Martin was. It can help, if you get that encouragement from the side especially with a lot of the younger lads."

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