Aston Villa newboy Carles Gil has told the Daily Mail that he is out to emulate Manchester City star and fellow Spaniard David Silva after swapping Valencia for the West Midlands.
Gil, 22, came up through the ranks at the Mestalla just like Silva before him and, after seeing his compatriot thrive in English football, the creative midfielder is hoping to make a similar impact.
“David Silva is a player I admire most,” he said. “I can play on both sides and also in the middle. I’m hoping to be able to support the team and play as well as I can. Over last few years been playing several positions. I’ll adapt to whatever position the manager wants me to play.
“The Premier League is the best in the world, very different from the Spanish league and very difficult. I’m very happy to be able to participate in league and play. I think I’ll adapt quickly.
“I know Aston Villa have a lot of fans and it’s important that I give them what they want.”
Gil struggled to break into the Valencia first-team this season, making just 11 total appearances, but did establish himself as a regular starter while on loan at La Liga rivals Elche during the previous two campaigns.
He was teammates with Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez during that time, and revealed that he had sought the advice of the Colombian before sealing his reported £3.25 million switch to England.
“I’ve been speaking to him about the city and what Birmingham’s like,” he said. “I'm looking forward to it.”
Joining on a deal until 2019, manager Paul Lambert is hoping that Gil’s creative qualities can help them improve upon their dreadful scoring record, having netted just 11 goals in 21 top-flight games so far this season.
“He’ll give us something I think we’ve been crying out for,” the Scot told Sky Sports. “That creativity spark, and that’s what we’ve been needing to finish off the work.
“We needed someone like him to unlock doors and try and make things happen. But as I’ve said before, I’m not going to put masses of expectancy level when he’s just here.
“He’s 22, great potential to be a really good player," he continued. "He’s played in La Liga, knows the game, he’s been at a massive club, played against great teams and great players and he’s someone who will excite everybody.
“Technically he's excellent, he’s really comfortable with the ball, which you expect from him, and I’m looking forward to working with him.”