Aston Villa's Jores Okore has modest response to recent praise

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Aston Villa centre-back Jores Okore claims he still needs to adapt to the rigours of English football.

While Jores Okore has impressed Aston Villa fans with his recent performances, the Danish centre-back insists there is much more to come from him.

Okore, 22, endured a frustrating first season at Villa Park after arriving from FC Nordsjælland in June 2013 for around £4 million, making just four total appearances before rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.

After returning to training during pre-season, the 10-times capped international remained on the fringes of the first-team over the first few months of his campaign before taking full advantage of injuries to break back into the line-up.

He has since made nine starts in 10 total appearances, earning rave reviews in the process, but stresses that he is still adapting to English football at this stage.

"I still need to learn and adapt to the Premier League,” he told the club’s official website. “When I really feel comfortable in the Premier League, you really will see my very best.

"But I am on the way. I am still really getting a feel for it. The more games I play the better I will feel and play on the pitch. I feel it will come this season definitely.

"The more I train and the more I play the better I am going to get, but I'm really enjoying myself and I'm eager to keep progressing."

Okore has struck up a superb rapport with centre-back partner Ciaran Clark in recent weeks in the absence of skipper Ron Vlaar, Phillipe Senderos and Nathan Baker, and the in-form defender reserved special praise for his teammate.

"There's a lot of good players here - and in the centre-back area there's Ciaran, Ron, Nathan and Philippe”, he said. “That's a lot of players for a few positions so you have to be sharp and ready to take your chance when you get it in the team.

"I think Ciaran is a really good player so I don't think we're weaker if one of us is off the field.

"There's a lot of talent here and good players. Any of us can go in and do a job without dropping the level of the defence. That's a nice thing we have in our team.

"Anyone at the back when they play at their best is at a very high level. It makes it hard for anyone to keep their position."

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