Aston Villa's promising striker Nathan Delfouneso has signed a new contract which will keep him with the midlands club until the summer of 2012.

The 18-year-old, who scored twice for Villa in the UEFA Cup last season, has put pen to paper on a two year extension to his current deal.

Villa boss Martin O'Neill said: "I couldn't be more pleased. Nathan is a great talent and has real natural ability."

He added: "He is ready. He is pushing on very strongly now even though you consider he is still very young.

"He has everything going for him. If he keeps learning, he's got a really good chance.

"I wouldn't want to put a great deal of pressure on him but, in terms of natural talent and strength and ability to go past players, I think he's got it all. The rest is up to him.

"He is a great, great talent and I am absolutely delighted to have him here.

"He has been around the first team. I hope when he gets his opportunity - in the not too distant future - he can grab it.

"I have seen a few players in the past with great, great talent disappear at 21, 22 but I don't think that's in his nature.

"He really wants it and I think he has that determination about him. The football club will see the benefits in the next few years."

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