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Liverpool target Downing declares total commitment to Villa

Stewart Downing insists he is excited about the future at Aston Villa.

The England winger is being linked with a move to Liverpool this week.

Downing told Villa's website: "I think there have been a couple of conversations already with my agent.

"I've already spoken to the manager who has said he'd like to keep me.

"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.

"There are terrific players here. I'm confident, despite this season, we're going in the right direction and if we get the right players in then I'm happy." On the newspaper speculation, he added: "I think it's part and parcel of being a player and doing well.

"Ever since I was young I've read the papers and it's said, 'You're going here, you're going there'.

"Half of it's not even true. It's just speculation. Obviously if you have a good season you get linked. But I'm happy here.

"I've had a good season and hopefully I can carry that on."

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