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Aston Villa sign midfielder Karim El Ahmadi from Feyenoord

July 2, 2012

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• Moroccan international signs three-year deal with Villa
• ‘I always want the ball and to dictate the game,’ he says

Karim El Ahmadi has become Paul Lambert’s first signing as Aston Villa manager after joining from Feyenoord on a three-year deal. The 27-year-old, who has been with Feyenoord since 2008, has si gned for an undisclosed fee.

“I’m very excited about coming here to a massive club and I’m looking forward to playing here,” he said. “I’m very happy that the manager wants me and that the club wants me and I’m looking forward to starting training again.

“This club should be competing in the top half of the table and I am looking forward to achieving that with the team,” he added. “It was always a dream of mine to play in the Premier League. 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.”

The 27-year-old Moroccan international was generally regarded as one of the best players in the Eredivisie last season as Feyenoord finished second in the league and secured a Champions League place.

“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.

“As a player, I always want to have the ball and that is my main quality. I always want the ball and to dictate the game. That’s what I did at Feyenoord and hopefully I can show the fans, the club and the manager my quality.” Read More

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