The 27-year-old was recalled to the England squad on Thursday, having joined Villa from Brentford in 2020.
Watkins’ 15 goals last season helped Villa secure a European place and he has reached double figures in three seasons in the Midlands.
“I think this is the best place to play football,” Watkins said. I still have a lot to accomplish here.” After studying at Exeter City’s academy, he spent time on loan in non-league football with Weston-super-Mare before moving to Brentford in 2017.
His form in three seasons with the Bees convinced Villa to make him their then club record signing in 2020 for £28m.
Watkins took his goal tally at Villa Park to 50 with a hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Brighton last weekend.
This performance, under the watchful eye of England coach Gareth Southgate, earned Watkins a call-up to the national team for the first time since March 2022.
“It was certainly a memorable week for me, one that I will never forget,” Watkins told Villa’s website. “I’m very grateful. There are a lot of good people around me and there are a lot of good people at the club. I’m happy that so many people are here on this journey with me.”
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