Aston Villa land Colombia World Cup star

first_img1 Aston Villa have completed the signing of Colombia defensive midfielder Carlos Sanchez for roughly £4.5million.The 28-year-old has swapped La Liga side Elche to make the move to the Midlands on a four-year deal.Sanchez featured in all four of Colombia’s World Cup matches this summer and becomes Paul Lambert’s fifth signing following the arrivals of Philippe Senderos, Joe Cole, Kieran Richardson and Aly Cissokho.The Villa boss said: “Carlos is a very experienced professional who played a prominent role in a Colombian team which captured everyone’s imagination at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. He’s a great coup for Villa.“He does the simple things really well and he’s excellent at spotting the danger, dealing with it and keeping it simple.“His physical strength, too, is something we will benefit from in the middle of the pitch and his role will be a really important one for the team.“We’ve beaten other teams to bring him here to Villa and I’m delighted as we needed someone of his ilk to come in. He’ll be an excellent player for the club.”Sanchez, whose move is subject to international clearance, added: “I’m delighted to be here, it’s something I have always dreamed of and it is very important for me to be here at Aston Villa, not only for me but for my family as well.“It was always my aim to play in this country and in this league and I know Villa well as Juan Pablo (Angel, his compatriot) also played here.“I began to watch Villa games when he came in 2001. He was a goalscorer who was very important to this club and I followed his time here because he was always scoring goals.“Since I was a boy I have always followed English football, particularly teams where Colombians have played.“When I had the chance to come to this club I had no doubts because I know this is a big club in the Premier League.” New Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez last_img

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