Heskey's Peace Prospects
Emile Heskey has said the team are looking forward to testing themselves against some of the brightest talent in Europe when we feature in the Peace Cup.
As covered earlier on the site, Villa will travel to Spain in July for the pre-season tournament featuring the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus, Lyon, Ajax and FC Porto and Heskey doesn't believe we could have much better preparation for the 2009-10 campaign.
Speaking on the official site, he said:
'Obviously seeing who is involved, it is very exciting coming up against Real Madrid, Seville, Juventus and Lyon - they are all big clubs.
'We'll be pitting our wits against the best in Europe so hopefully we'll do well.
'In pre-season you are building yourself up for the start of the season and getting ready to go, so to put yourself up against those types of teams you can't get any better test.'
Villa's involvement is certainly a sign of our rising stock in and around Europe but who'll be the first to ask how seriously are we taking this tournament?