Monday 02 July 2012
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has made his first signing since taking over at the Barclays Premier League club with the capture of midfielder Karim El Ahmadi.
The 27-year-old Moroccan joins Villa for an undisclosed fee from Dutch club Feyenoord and has signed a three-year contract at Villa Park.
El Ahmadi helped Feyenoord finish second in the Eredivisie last season and he says he is looking forward to making a similar impact during his time with Villa.
"I always want the ball and to dictate the game. That's what I did at Feyenoord"
- Karim El Ahmadi
"I'm very excited about coming here to a massive club and I'm looking forward to playing here," he told the club's official website. "I'm very happy that the manager wants me and that the club wants me and I'm looking forward to starting training again.
"It's nice that I am the manager's first transfer and I am looking forward to doing good things with the team and with the club this year.
"This club should be competing in the top half of the table and I am looking forward to achieving that with the team.
"As a player, I always want to have the ball and that is my main quality. I always want the ball and to dictate the game. That's what I did at Feyenoord and hopefully I can show the fans, the club and the manager my quality."
Lambert says he is excited about working with El Ahmadi when the Villa players report for pre-season training for the first time on Thursday.
"Karim will help the team, I have no doubt about that," said Lambert.
"He's a really good footballer and he's played well in a good team, a big team, and I'm looking forward to working with him.
"In fact, I'm really looking forward to getting things going on Thursday when the lads will report back for pre-season."