£4.7m Aston Villa ace: Juan Pablo Angel convinced me to move

Aston Villa's Carlos Sanchez says that Juan Pablo Angel helped convince him to move to the club in the summer.

Aston Villa's Carlos Sanchez has revealed that he spoke to Juan Pablo Angel before completing a move to the club this summer. 

The Colombian joined from Elche in a transfer worth £4.7 million this summer, but he sought advice from his compatriot before moving to the Midlands. 

Angel played for Villa for six years between the years of 2001 and 2007, making a great impression at Villa Park and Sanchez says that he still speaks highly of the club now. 

"Since I was a boy, I have always watched English football and I began to watch Villa games when he came in 2001," he said to the club's official site.

"At the time in Colombia, Juan Pablo Angel was the player of the moment."

"I haven't met Juan Pablo yet but I have spoken to him. He said Villa is a really good club, it is well organised and that it is a good family club."

"He told me that I would be well looked after here. His words definitely helped my decision to come."

"He was popular with the fans here but I want to make my own history."

"I really hope the fans of Aston Villa are happy with my work."

Sanchez has broken into the Villa first team in recent weeks and largely impressed in the heart of the midfield.

The powerful player is renowned for his domineering style in the centre-of-the pitch, with his physicality helping his team win the midfield battle. 

However, Sanchez admits that the pace of the Premier League has still come as a shock to him since arriving and he is only just getting used to it now. 

"It is strange because before I came I only saw the Premier League on television," he said. "Everybody used to say to me 'wait and see - the Premier League is really quick'."

"But it is only when you join it and you start to play that you realise just how quick it is."

"I am now aware of the speed that is required. I'm training well and physically I feel good as part of the team."

"I'm looking forward to playing again soon and as soon as I'm back on the pitch I know the tempo I'll need to play at."

Sanchez will be hoping to continue making a positive impression for Paul Lambert's side when they return to action after the international break.

The Claret and Blue take on Everton in their next fixture and they will be hoping to pick up the victory, after three losses on the spin.

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