Birkir Bjarnason has let his feelings been known on his current situation at Aston Villa in Icelandic newspaper Morgunblaðið.
After his agent had previously openly spoken about the possibility of Bjarnason seeking a move away from Villa Park during January, to ensure he gets first team football in the run-up to the World Cup in Russia, it seems the Icelandic midfielder has had a change of heart.
What a difference playing a few games makes.
Bjarnason kicked off 2018 with a lively substitute appearance against Bristol City, scoring a well-taken goal, that seems to have triggered his recent resurgence.
With Mile Jedinak’s continuous fitness issues and Whelan’s illness/injury, the Icelandic midfield has found new life as a holding midfielder for Villa, impressing in both the second-half of the Nottingham Forest game and also starting in the position against Barnsley.
According to what he told the Icelandic newspaper, it’s a position he prefers.
“This is much better for me. I am not a genuine winger who dribbles past three or four defenders,” said Bjarnason. “So it is much better for me to be more involved in the midfield.”
He also admitted that at the turn of the year, he thought he’d be leaving Villa at the start of 2018.
“Only two to three weeks ago, I was certain that I would leave the club. I really wanted to leave, but now I have completely changed my mind.
“I know that my agent had already spoken to some clubs to prepare a possible departure. But for me, Aston Villa is the best choice.
“I have taken part in our last four matches, but before that I had not played for a long time. Now everything looks great. It has been going really well, both for me and the team, and I am really optimistic.
The Icelandic international thinks that the Villa have what it takes to clinch promotion too.
“I think we have got the best squad in this league, but we have not shown that yet. Now we seem better drilled than before, and now when there are only three points separating us from the second spot, I think we have a very good chance of doing something great.
“Hopefully we can reach the Premier League. That would be outstanding.”
In the meantime, for supporters who are starting to see Bjarnason as a potential new cult favourite, after earlier indifference to him, five words will put them at ease.
“I am not going anywhere,” insists Villa’s newest defensive midfielder.