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Leandro Bacuna sees "bright times ahead" for Aston Villa after committing his long-term future to the club on Thursday.

The right-back, who turns 24 on Friday, had entered the final year of his original agreement with the Villans after joining from FC Groningen in 2013.

Bacuna was a first-team regular initially under former Villa boss Paul Lambert, but he found game time harder to come by last season until Tim Sherwood took over the reins from the Scot in February.

The Dutchman went on to reclaim his place in the starting line-up under Sherwood and helped the team stave off relegation.

He has subsequently followed in the footsteps of team-mate Ashley Westwood by penning a five-year contract extension at Villa Park.

Bacuna told the club's official website: "I am absolutely thrilled to sign a new contract and continue my time at Aston Villa.

"I love it here and am really excited about my future in claret and blue under the manager.

"I feel I can really develop here and show my worth to the team and I think there are bright times ahead."