Villa new boy Ashley Young says he decided to join the mighty Claret and Blues because of the clubs ambitions.
He said, on the official site:
'With the new training facilities and the investment in the team, there the ambition to be a top-six club and I believe that's what we can be. I'm very excited about that challenge. I can't wait and I just want to get out there and start playing for Villa. This club's got big ambitions and I'd love to play in Europe with Villa. That's something every player wants to do and that's where the manager wants us to be and as players we have to match his ambitions.'
And he said he coped with all the speculation by just getting his head down, training and playing adding 'Now I'm just glad I can put all the speculation behind me and get on with playing football. I'm excited by the challenge here and hopefully the supporters will be excited by what I can bring to the team.'
Now for the plug, the club are encouraging fans to return to Villa Park to see the new signings make their debuts at Villa Park on February 3rd (Saturday at 3pm? What are the fixture people thinking, what is wrong with noon on a Sunday, or 5.15pm, or 11am, or you get the point - either that or by now you've stopped reading as you know this is about to go into a rant!)
Tickets for the home clash with West Ham are now on general sale:
West Ham Saturday 3 February kick off 3pm
Category B game
Tickets on sale from Monday 18 Dec.
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Regular forumers will know about this already, and I don't intend to shine his head but wanted to do something on it when I could find the time...
Aston Villa have a few players out on loan so far this season, so here's an update following on from the last month.
Gordon Cowans' Under 21 side hosted Burnley on Monday at Bodymoor Heath in a friendly.
Aston Villa have six players away with their countries in the October international window.
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