what did you miss: villa confident stars will stay

06:30    30 May 2019

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith (left) speaks to John Terry
Aston Villa assistant coach John Terry is confident the club can hold onto their top footballers following promotion back to the English Premier League.

Villa beat Derby County 2-1 in the Championship playoff final on Monday, to secure their passage back to England's top-flight and a reported windfall of £170million.

Players like John McGinn and Jack Grealish have attracted reported interest from rival clubs with the latter having previously come close to joining Uefa Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur in the past year.

“Aston Villa going back to the Premier League gives us the chance to keep players like Jack and John as well as other highly valued members of the squad,” Terry said according to The Express.

“It has been a fantastic season since we came into the club.

“To be where we are now was the target from the outset.

“The gaffer has been great and got us really well organised.We’ve got a really good group. There’s a great spirit amongst the lads."

Utrecht beat Vitesse to Europa League spot

Utrecht will be playing European football next season following a 2-0 (3-1 on aggregate) win over Vitesse Arnhem at GelreDome on Tuesday evening.

The visitors looked the better team from the onset and duly opened the scoring through Cyril Dessers in the 31st minute.

Simon Gustafson doubled Utrect's lead in 77th minute after running onto a perfectly weighted through ball, rounding the goalkeeper and rolling the ball into an empty net.

Vitesse's night went from bad to worse as Mohammed Dauda received his marching orders soon after for a studs up challenge.

Victory secures a perfect end to Advocaat's time in charge of the club as he now hands over the reins to John van den Brom, who will take over ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Furthermore, Waalwijk and Spara Rotterdam will be playing Dutch Eredivisie football next season following their respective relegation playoff wins over Go Ahead Eagles and De Graafschap.

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