Saturday 08 June 2013
Aston Villa have confirmed that they have agreed a deal to sign Aleksandar Tonev from Lech Poznan.
The 23-year-old Bulgaria attacking midfielder has completed a medical and agreed terms with Villa, who expect the final paperwork to be sorted out next week.
"I have played in front of big crowds before but the atmosphere in England is unique"
"Aston Villa is a big club and the manager and club have a belief in young players and in the team ethic," Tonev said on Villa's website. “When I heard about Aston Villa, I thought about playing in the Premier League for such a big club.
Tonev said that former Villa captain and compatriot Stiliyan Petrov, who announced his retirement at the end of last season and is now assistant development coach at the club, had played a big part in attracting him there.
"Stiliyan and [Fulham striker] Dimitar Berbatov have done really well in this league and I hope I can do the same," Tonev said. "They are both great Bulgarian players and hopefully I can do the same and make my mark on the Premier League.
“I have played in front of big crowds before but the atmosphere here in England is unique. The crowd is like a 12th player for the team and I am looking forward to playing in front of the fans.”
Tonev has won 11 caps with Bulgaria, making his debut against Wales in October 2011, and scored his first senior international goals with a hat-trick in the 6-0 win over Malta in a World Cup qualifier in March.