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Villa secure El Ahmadi signing

2 July 2012 15:28

Aston Villa signing Karim El Ahmadi said he looked forward to dictating games in the Premier League after completing a move from Feyenoord.

The 27-year-old midfielder is new manager Paul Lambert's first signing in charge at the Birmingham club, and signed a three-year deal which runs until 2015.

"I'm very excited about coming here to a massive club and I'm looking forward to playing here," El Ahmadi told the club's website.

"I'm very happy that the manager wants me and that the club wants me and I'm looking forward to starting training again.

"It's nice that I am the manager's first transfer and I am looking forward to doing good things with the team and with the club this year.

"This club should be competing in the top half of the table and I am looking forward to achieving that with the team."

The Morocco international made 31 appearances last season to help the Rotterdam outfit finish runners-up in the Eredivisie and qualify for the Champions League.

He went on to explain why he relished the opportunity to move to the England despite leaving behind the opportunity of Champions League football.

"It was always a dream of mine to play in the Premier League," El Ahmadi said.

"We played a lot on Sundays in Holland, so I was able to watch all of the games on Saturday and I think this is the best league in the world. It will be a challenge to show people what I can do.

"Last year was successful for me and for Feyenoord - we qualified for the Champions League - but sometimes in life you have to make choices.

"I came to this club and spoke to the people here and they gave me great confidence in what we can do this year, so I have chosen to come."

Lambert said he hoped El Ahmadi and Brett Holman could lessen his side's reliance on youthful players in midfield such as Chris Herd, Barry Bannan, Ciaran Clark and Marc Albrighton.

"Karim will help the team, I have no doubt about that," he said.

"He's a really good footballer and he's played well in a good team, a big team, and I'm looking forward to working with him.

"I'm really looking forward to getting things going on Thursday when the lads will report back for pre-season."

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