"We want to finish in the top six and get into Europe. But every player wants to be involved in the Champions League.
"I came here a year ago with a big price tag. I just want to repay the manager - and hopefully I am doing that."
Villa boss Martin O'Neill admitted: "Ashley has taken the season by storm, he is fantastic. He'll be even better when he puts some weight on. He must be up to three-and-half stone now."