Aston Villa loan ace Jermaine Jenas has revealed he is determined to turn his move into a permanent deal.
The Tottenham midfielder, 28, was keen to leave White Hart Lane following a lack of first-team opportunities, and feels he can reach the high standards he expects of himself at Villa Park.
Having joined Alex McLeish’s men on transfer deadline day, Jenas is ready to get his head down and look to break into the first team as soon as possible.
“First and foremost, I’ve got to try and work as hard as I can this year and perform the way I can,” said Jenas.
“If, at the end of the year Villa want me I’m sure there will be some talks. Definitely. Having been at the club for ten days it is a fantastic place to come and ply your trade.
“We’ll probably have another chat at the end of the year and go from there.
“This is potentially the biggest move of my career to reignite what I know is within me as a player.
“This is a fantastic place to come and play football and almost showcase it.
“If I can get that confidence behind me, hopefully I can put in some top performances for Villa and help them achieve what they want to.
“It didn’t go as well as Spurs because of confidence issues, lack of form. What I’m looking forward to is getting back to what I can achieve at a big club like Villa.
“I expect it of myself so I can understand why other people expect it.”
Jenas also denied speculation that suggested he fell out with former boss Harry Redknapp, and said he respects his decision.
“I don’t feel that way about Harry,” he added. “I don’t dislike him. We got on fine. He was doing his job. I was trying to get my head down, be professional, in the team.
“I wasn’t about to cause disruption. It was his decision and his decision was final.”