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Lambert urges new signings to learn English

3 July 2013 12:49

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is keen for his new foreign recruits to learn the English language.

Goalkeeper Jed Steer is the only British player to have moved to Villa Park during the off-season, with the club's other five signings coming from overseas.

Lambert featured for Borussia Dortmund during his playing days and is well aware of the importance of players being able to communicate effectively during games.

"It is a strange environment for all of the new guys," Lambert told The Birmingham Mail.

"They will hit the ground running and once they start to know each other’s names and integrate with each other then there will not be a problem.

"Some have better English than others but I think it is important first and foremost that they learn the language on the football side and the terminology of what it means on a football pitch. I think they’ve got to learn that.

"If they do that and they start to converse with people it will bring their game on quicker."

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