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Bacuna keen to get going at Villa

18 June 2013 10:58

New Aston Villa signing Leandro Bacuna is looking forward to playing with Dutch "hero" Ron Vlaar at the club.

Bacuna – who joined Villa from FC Groningen last week – has been a first-team regular in the Eredivisie, making 117 league appearances in four seasons.

He has been capped by the Netherlands' Under-19 and Under-21 teams and could prove to be a bargain buy for Villa manager Paul Lambert.

Bacuna insists he cannot wait to get going in England, with the 21-year-old particularly delighted to follow Vlaar and move to the Premier League.

"In the Eredivisie I have played against him (Vlaar) and he made a very good step to come to Aston Villa and now I am following in his footsteps," Bacuna told Villa's official website.

"He is a really nice guy and has the attitude to be a captain and I think we can hang around together a lot.

"It is really nice for me to have someone who can help me settle in. He is a hero in Holland. He is doing well and he is a good defender."

The midfielder admits that the step up to the Premier League is a big one, although he is looking forward to getting the chance to show what he can do at Villa Park.

"It is another level. The Premier League for me is the top level and everyone wants to play in the Premier League," he added.

"You have to improve yourself and it is going to be a difficult task but we have to fight and show ourselves.

"I'm going to do my best. I'm going to try and make a lot of goals and be a fan favourite."

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