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Friday 21 June 2013

Aston Villa sign Antonio Luna from Sevilla

Sevilla left-back becomes Paul Lambert's fifth signing of the summer, joining on three-year deal

Antonio Luna, left, came through the Sevilla youth system

Aston Villa have announced the signing of Antonio Luna from Sevilla. The 22-year-old left-back has joined on a three-year deal and is excited about representing Villa in the Barclays Premier League.

"I've always believed that I could play in the Premier League and to have this opportunity with a club as historic and huge as Aston Villa and with a manager who is building a squad of young players with great prospects is tremendously exciting for me," Luna told the Villa website. "I really can't wait to get started and to play my first game. I have a great expectation coming here.

"The challenge is to constantly be at the maximum and top of your performance"
Antonio Luna

"The manager explained to me that it is a young squad but also one with good experience and everyone is hungry, everybody wants to succeed here. This is perfect because I am keen to make progress myself and I want to be part of this."

Luna is the fifth signing of the summer by Villa manager Paul Lambert. This week the club confirmed a dela for Danish striker Nicklas Helenius from Aalborg, while they have also brought in Denmark centre-back Jores Okore, Holland Under-21 midfielder Leandro Bacuna and Bulgaria midfielder Aleksandar Tonev.

Luna will be joining a legion of Spanish players in the Barclays Premier League and is aware of what we must do adapt to a competition different from La Liga.

"Obviously, I have watched Premier League games and I am totally aware of the pace of the game and that the challenge is to constantly be at the maximum and top of your performance," he added.

"There have been many good and great players from Spain who have come here and succeeded and I know I can adapt my game also. The quality of football in La Liga is also respected everywhere and this is why I believe I can do well in the Premier League."

After coming through the Sevilla youth system and making his first-team debut in May 2010, he spent the next season on loan to Almeria, before making 14 league appearances for his parent club in 2011/12. Last season he played four matches for Sevilla before being loaned to Real Mallorca.

Luna has represented Spain at several age-group levels, most recently playing for the under-20s, who reached the quarter-finals of the 2011 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Colombia.

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Key Points

  • Aston Villa sign Spanish left-back Antonio Luna
  • The 22-year-old joins from Sevilla on a three-year deal
  • Former Spain Under-20 player relishing challenge of playing in Barclays Premier League