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Vlaar impressed by Lambert impact

4 August 2012 06:00

New Aston Villa signing Ron Vlaar says he is impressed by the 'strong' mentality of the Premier League club's manager, Paul Lambert.

The Dutch centre-back, who joined the Birmingham club from Feyenoord earlier this week, believes the combination of Lambert and the current crop of Villa players will hold the club in good stead.

"It's about the way he wants to play football," Vlaar told reporters.

"I don't know what he was like as a player, but throughout my conversations with him I could see the mentality he has.

"Mentally you have to be very strong, which is very important for the team, and I feel he can achieve a great deal.

"I know what he did at Norwich was great. He has a lot of qualities, and as a group we have to listen and learn, improve every day, and I believe we can do that.

"Villa has a strong manager going forward into the new season.

"The most important thing is to play like a team, and then a lot of things are possible."

The 27-year-old, who has eight Netherlands caps, also said he is preparing to adapt to the faster pace and physical demands of English football - but says he is not worried by the challenge.

"The opponents are better than what I've been used to in Holland. It's better for me to play at a higher level each week," Vlaar added.

"Physically the Premier League is also better than the Dutch league, and the speed is much quicker.

"I've already seen that in practice and is something I have to get used to, but it will be no problem.

"I want to become a better player every day, but nobody can do it alone. We have to do it together."

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