Nakamba ‘excited to be back home’ as he returns to Luton Town on three-year deal

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Zimbabwe international midfielder Marvelous Nakamba says he is “very excited to be back home” after completing a return to Luton Town from fellow English Premier League side Aston Villa on a three-year deal.

The 29-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with the Hatters and made 20 appearances.

The Zimbabwe international scored the third penalty in the shootout victory over Coventry in the Championship play-off final.

“I’m very excited to be back home at Luton to continue the journey,” Nakamba said.

“When I joined on loan, I felt love from everyone – the manager, the board, the staff, the players and the fans.

“I was welcomed as part of the family and that pushed me to give everything for this club and help achieve the goal we had last season, which we did.”

Marvelous Nakamba scored the third penalty in the shootout victory over Coventry in the Championship play-off final.

He added: “The fans really welcomed me and made me feel energised and motivated to do well, so it was unbelievable to pay them back in way that we did. To see them at Wembley celebrating brought tears of joy. It was real love.

“Over the summer the manager has been saying ‘you need to be here!’ and I’m so happy, so excited to now be back and ready for the season.”

Nakamba signed for Aston Villa from Bruges in 2019 for £11m and made a total of 68 appearances for the club, but has not featured for Villa since the final game of the 2021-22 season.

Luton are preparing for their first campaign in the top flight in 31 years and the club’s manager Rob Edwards believes Nakamba has the attributes and experience to significantly strengthen their squad.

Luton Town manager Rob Edwards has welcomed the return of Marvelous Nakamba to the club on a permanent deal
Luton Town manager Rob Edwards has welcomed the return of Marvelous Nakamba to the club on a permanent deal

“We – the supporters, the board, the staff and the players – all fell in love with Marv for what he gave us,” Edwards said.

“Not just his work ethic, but his humility. He’s so unassuming; he just slotted in from day one and it felt like he had been at Luton for 10 years.

“I think he felt that love. Everyone felt that he enjoyed himself and that it felt like home for him. That’s why it is special because he felt it was right, he felt comfortable, at home – and now he is.

“As a footballer, he was the glue that knitted us together.”

“He allowed everyone to do their jobs. There were quotes out there last season saying it was like having three of him on the pitch at times – he covered every blade of grass.

“A massive thank you to Gary and the board, they’ve worked so hard on this, and to Aston Villa for making it happen,” said Edwards.

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