New Aston Villa centre-back Ezri Konsa has sent a farewell message to Brentford after completing his big-money move to the Premier League newcomers.
His reunion with Dean Smith was confirmed by the club on Thursday after spending two years at Griffin Park and the 21-year-old had a few words to say after his departure was completed.
Taking to Twitter after completing his move, Konsa wrote: “I want to say a huge thank you to @BrentfordFC for the faith and support they’ve shown in me over the last 12 months. To the manager, my teammates, the backroom staff and the fans, thank you! All the best for the future.”
He was brought to the West London club by Smith in the summer of 2016, moving from Charlton Athletic for just over £2.5million.
The fee paid by Villa is reportedly just under an initial £12million, meaning a profit of just under £10million has been made in two seasons.
Last season saw him make 47 appearances in all competitions for the Bees, impressing under both Smith and his replacement Thomas Frank.
I think this is a brilliant deal for everyone involved and it is great to see Konsa give his public thanks to the club.
Brentford now have an extra £12million to play with and having already brought in Jansson, there is no real need to spend any of it on a direct replacement for Konsa.
Villa also get a player who is very well drilled in how Smith likes to play and will fill the void left by Axel Tuanzebe next to Mings very nicely – and at 21, he is likely to turn a very large profit if he impresses.