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Luton Town: Marvelous Nakamba Leaves Aston Villa

Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba is close to a permanent move to newly-promoted Luton Town. The 29-year-old played 20 games for the ...

Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba is close to a permanent move to newly-promoted Luton Town.

The 29-year-old played 20 games for the Hatters after joining on-loan in the January transfer window and helped them seal seal promotion to the top-flight.

Nakamba joined Villa on a five-year deal from Club Brugge in 2019 but has fallen well down the pecking order and was not believed to be part of the plans of Unai Emery, who is embarking on his first full season with the club.

Luton boss Rob Edwards had previously spoken of his admiration for the player, telling talkSport in May that the Zimbabwean midfielder was his 'favourite player in the world' following a string of standout performances.

'He can do what he wants,' Edwards said. 'He's been great, so humble, the charity work he does back home. He came into our club, so humble, he smiles every day, he trains exactly how he plays.
Luton Town: Marvelous Nakamba Leaves Aston Villa 

'He will kick people in training, he will train like that, but he's been the real bit of glue that's brought us together.' Luton lost just one game after Nakamba's arrival at Kenilworth Road - to eventual champions Burnley - as the side clinched a play-off spot.

Their fairytale campaign continued with a semi-final victory against Sunderland ahead of a 6-5 penalty shootout win in the final against Coventry which earned a return to the Premier League after more than 30 years away.

Nakamba is set to become Luton's fourth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Chiedozie Ogbene, Mads Andersen and Tahith Chong.

Born in Hwange near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Nakamba made his senior debut with local team Bantu Rovers in 2010, aged 16. He left the country in July 2012, and had trials at French side Nancy.

Nakamba officially joined Nancy on 24 December 2012, aged 18, for an undisclosed fee. He received the international clearance seven days later, and was assigned to the reserve team in CFA.

On 9 May 2014, Nakamba played his first match as a professional, starting in a 3–1 home win against Angers SCO. He played his second match seven days later, coming on as a late substitute in a 0–0 away draw against AJ Auxerre, and a new deal was offered to him on 19 May.

In July 2014, Nakamba went on a trial at Eredivisie side Vitesse. On 13 August, he signed a four-year deal with the Arnhem side aged 20 years. Nakamba made his debut for the club on 27 September, coming on as a late substitute for Kelvin Leerdam in a 6–2 away win against Dordrecht.

Nakamba started to establish himself in Vitesse's starting eleven during the 2015–16 campaign and went on to appear thirty times, scoring once against local rivals De Graafschap in a 2–2 draw.

He played as Vitesse won the final of the KNVB Beker 2–0 against AZ Alkmaar on 30 April 2017 to lead the club, three-time runners up, to the title for the first time in its 125-year history. - Online Sources 

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