Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings has admitted that he was surprised to see Aston Villa pay such a huge sum for him in the summer.
The 26-year-old, recently called up to the England squad, completed his permanent move to Villa Park from Bournemouth in the summer. And as quoted on Express and Star, he confirmed he was indeed surprised by the figures involved.
“Was I surprised by the figures? Yes, I was,” Mings said.
“I knew Bournemouth wanted the money back for players they had signed, so I thought the figure would have been about £15m or £16m. Everyone would have looked at that and said: ‘That’s probably a good deal’.
“Then it went up to whatever it went up to in the end and people were looking at it thinking: ‘I don’t know whether we have had our pants pulled down here!’” Mings added.
Mings had impressed for Villa during the last six months of the Championship season after completing a loan move to the club. He became a key figure for the Villans at the heart of the defence, where he averaged 1.2 interceptions per game as well as 4.3 clearances per game in his 18 appearances (as per WhoScored).
The former Ipswich man has made a good start to life in the Premier League this season too, starting every game for Villa and earning an England call, despite the club sitting third bottom with just one win so far this term.
It’s not often you see players comment on fees and you normally here the spiel of ‘the fee is out of my hands’ and the like, take Manchester City’s Kyle Walker, for example, following his big-money move from Tottenham.
However, it’s refreshing to see a player actually speak up about the fee which a club has paid for them.
Mings looks to be worth every penny so far though, and if he continues how he is, then England caps surely won’t be too far away.
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