Thursday 05 June 2014
Aston Villa have made their first signing of the close season with the capture of Switzerland defender Philippe Senderos.
The 29-year-old centre-half, who is part of Switzerland's FIFA 2014 World Cup squad, has put pen to paper on a two-year contract and will officially move to Villa on 1 July.
"I'm really delighted to be joining Aston Villa, a great club with such a big history, and for me this is a great step in my career," he told the club website. "This is a team and a club which wants to do better and hopefully we can all develop together and create something special.
"He'll be a great addition to the group"
"My goal is to help the team keep as many clean sheets as we can and to help drive Villa where we deserve to be and want to be."
Senderos has had plenty of Barclays Premier League experience since joining Arsenal from Servette in 2003. He made 64 Barclays Premier League appearances for the Gunners, winning the FA Cup in 2005, and after loan spells at Milan and Everton, signed for Fulham in 2010.
Senderos made 57 League appearances while at Craven Cottage before signing for Valencia in this year's January transfer window.
"He's played for some top sides and was a big influence in Arsenal's run to the Champions League final in 2006, so we're bringing in a really experienced player who's been there and done it and that will be important for the team," said Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert.
"I went to Switzerland not long ago to watch the national team train and I could see he has a good, strong mentality for the game. This will be Philippe's third World Cup finals and there aren't too many players who compete at that level over that stretch of time. He'll be a great addition to the group."