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Cissokho Signs Four Year Deal

Following on from the recent speculation, Aston Villa have tonight confirmed the four year signing of Aly Cissokho.

The 26 year old left back joined us from La Liga side Valencia and we are just awaiting his international clearance. He spent last season on loan with Liverpool, making 19 appearances for them as they finished 2nd in the Premier League and speaking to the Official Site he felt he was destined to play for Villa at some point in his career after falling in love with Villa Park during his debut in the Premiership.

'Destiny has made it so that Villa Park was where I played my first game and now one year later I am wearing the shirt. I remember everything about the game because it was my first here in England - the pitch, the stadium, the fans, everything was incredible.'

Cissokho goes on to say that one of the things that amazed him was even though Liverpool won the match one nil, the atmosphere created by the fans on the day really impressed him.

Of course he comes with good experience having played in a number of different countries and sides, and hopefully it won't take him too long to settle and it can be the case of fourth time lucky for our left back slot.

Speaking himself as the deal was officially announced, manager Paul Lambert said of the capture.

'Aly will bring a lot of experience with the clubs he's been at and the experience he already has of playing the Premier League with Liverpool. This will stand him in good stead and stand us in good stead as well. He has big game experience, he's not a novice. You can see that with the clubs he's been at and the way he is as a lad. He comes across really well. He's somebody I think will be an asset. He's big, strong and powerful and he had a good taste at Liverpool.'

Lambert says that he's hopeful of bringing in at least two more as well to improve the overall group before the season kicks off, and then he feels we'll be really set for him to actually have an impressive fist of things at the club having made the mistakes he has done with the experience and balance issue (my words not his!) because of course we also have Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak and Joe Cole to come back from injury, so when you do look at the team now whatever it may prove to count for, we do have a better balance between the experienced and inexperienced, and having that know how on the pitch can only help the younger lads develop properly rather than being thrown in the way some of them were.

With proper support like it seems we have now, maybe even a few of those can shine and grow in confidence again and start to look like the players we thought they would be coming through the rank instead of their confidence being shot by being hung out to dry irrespective of form.

I must admit I don't know much of Cissokho as I don't remember him standing out in highlights I saw for Liverpool but that's hardly surprising :-) I don't remember him making a clanger of it though, so it sounds like a good addition and a strong addition to the backline especially given the teams he's played for and their levels.

Hopefully we can now chalk off left back and see some real progress, as irrespective of where people stand on Lambert (I don't mean literally on him) there's no way he'd have wanted the last two seasons to have gone how they did especially given his young and hungry policy - now we do have the balance to that, let's hope we all benefit and whilst the owner continues to work out his interest level now, maybe we can all get the time under Lambert we thought we would when he first moved to us.

The fee is undisclosed, but rumoured to be in the region of 2million.

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Date:Friday August 8 2014

Time: 10:12PM

Your Comments

Good signing given our circumstances. Worth a punt...if we can get him back to his Lyon/Porto form we'll have hell of a player. And if not, well surely he's an improvement of what's been a cursed position for us.
I know im supposed to be enthusiastic,and he (hopefully) cant be worse than Luna,Clarke, and Bennett,and as hes now a Villa player will get behind him,Im just not overwhelmed,same as with the other signings, Not Lamberts fault,has to cut cloth etc,but when I look at most other prem clubs signings I cant help feeling a little sad,how the mighty have fallen! I hope he turns out brilliant and is a real asset,but just feel so so underwhelmed......
brian little...god
Well he has been around some good clubs so he can't be a complete mug. Good that we have made a proper "long term" signing aswell.
Bikini Inspector
Good signing, strong, quick experienced LB, just what we needed. A couple more of this quality and we actually might have a decent season if we do ok with injury's. Considering what's going on I'm really pleased with the signings so far as all have improved on what we had.
I'm pleased with the signing. Good experienced pro and better than what we have had and what we have got. Bit of a bargain too I feel.
Pride of Lions
Good buy, will have a lot to prove, and he has proven before. Good age as well.
Ali Arab
My mate is hard core Liverpool fan and the only comeback I had against him was how bad this guy was. When we played them at anfield he single handedly made our front line look first class. Ironic that it was the first game Bertrand played for us and as a result this guy soon gets dropped and Bertrand joins Liverpool on the summer. You won't find a Liverpool fan with a good word to say about him. Let's just hope it was a 'cultural adjustment'. If I was Tony Moon I would feel pretty aggrieved about the chosen replacement. Oh well I will give him my full support and ignore the ribbing from the Scousers until he has a chance to prove my concerns wrong.
marlin magic
I'm going to get behind him and support him but as Merlin said above - an article on Sky confirming our interest in him was met with probably 99% of L'pool fans offering condolences and saying how terrible he was for them. It could be that he needs time to adjust or needs to be in a permanent transfer - but this is not going to be someone who walks in and just ups our standards overnight.
We can only hope he works out, I'm not expecting anything on the buy out either
Villa always
Liverpool fans say he is a bag of proverbial ****. As you say johnnyuk, offering condolences on sky. Should make Baker and Clarke look great, then.
Under the circumstances this is a good signing and it's nice to see Lambert adding some much needed experience. I'm all for youth but you need a balance. As for the Pool fans he isn't good enough for them I agree but he's good enough compared to our squad at the minute. Until someone wealthy comes and buys us we are looking at deals like this. Good luck to the lad.
I'm not saying he is world class but I would take what Liverpool fans are saying with a pinch of salt. Most fans slag players off that are not at there club and considering they only lost three games when he played he cant be that bad of a defender and much better than what we had. This is a players Porto, Lyon, Valencia, Liverpool and the mighty Aston Villa all signed. Also Milan tried to sign him for 12m before he failed a medical so surly all those top clubs are not wrong. He is good enough for a top half team anyway so will improve us.
Don't need to take what Liverpool fans say. Just watch a replay of our 2-2 against them at Anfield to see how 'good' he is. Just because a club paid silly money for him doesn't mean he is worth it (not like we are guilty of paying over the top for a certain bomb squad striker). Got to also ask why Valencia were willing to flog him off for a bargain base price rather than a loan deal. 2 million in world football for a player of his age is about cutting your losses while you can. He was probably only bought because Lerner believed at that price he could probably make a future transfer profit
marlin magic
liverpool fans are in mourning since they lost suarez. and their purchases dont look that great with the money they got for him, another spurs/bale story for them this year
Ali Arab
marlin magic so your asking me to base my opinion on just one game? The best players in the world can look bad in one or ten games its does not mean they are not the best players in the world. It's what a player does over a season or seasons and 2m for a player of his quality at his age is good business. The problem with many on this site is they are so anti Lambert they don't want to be seen to be given any credit to him. No matter what you think of Lambert it doesn't take a genius to see our squad has improved this season with every players purchased. By your logic Michu was a bad players because he was off loaded for 2m at the same age also!
Marlin, when did Bertrand join Liverpool?
Never said base it on one game, just using it as a reference. I had to watch quite a few Liverpool games last season (under duress) and he always stuck out for all the wrong reasons. I never slagged lambert off over the signing- I am actually quite neutral towards him because of the circumstances forced on him ( I actually had a cheap dig at Learner). My postings was just to present an alternative few to a few glowing ones that seemed to hint that because a few bigs were looking at him he must therefore be a good signing, or because Liverpool fans don't like him we shouldn't listen to their opinion. Well 'my opinion' of what I have seen of him is that I am not impressed 'BUT' now that he is one of us I will fully support him and look forward to publicly apologising to him for sharing my doubts once he picks up his first man of the match gong.
marlin magic
Yep sorry villaHippo I thought the deal to go to Liverpool went through. But stand corrected
marlin magic
Don't remember him atall from last season but a couple of scouse fan friends were very hopeful about him while he was there saying he looked good but turned on him when he left. May be good given a run and has the physicality for this league (sounds like Sylla.)He's good enough for us regardless of whether he's good enough for them. Each of their players is worth our normal yearly budget. Sad but true.

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