Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez has told the club’s official website of his dream to walk out at Wembley Stadium ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round meeting with Bournemouth.
Sanchez, 28, signed for Villa from Spanish club Elche in August for £4.7 million and, after a somewhat slow start to life in the Premier League, has grown into one of the side’s most impressive performers in recent months.
The Colombia international grew up watching English football, and knew all about the competition’s importance before arriving in the West Midlands in the summer.
"I heard all about the FA Cup before I came to England,” he said. "I know how important it is to people. It is an iconic competition.
"Playing at Wembley is a dream for me. Not everybody plays at Wembley.”
Sanchez got his first taste of the FA Cup earlier this month in the third-round tie against Blackpool, when he supplied the assist for Christian Benteke’s 89th-minute-winner, and is hoping to inch a step closer to a trip to the icon London venue after the weekend’s clash at Villa Park.
"It's our objective to go as far as possible in the FA Cup and hopefully we can reach that dream,” he added.
"I'm really looking forward to the game against Bournemouth. It will be a tough match but we are focused on getting through.”
Villa’s recent record in the FA Cup is far from glittering, having failed to progress past the fourth-round in the last three seasons, but a deep run in the competition would no doubt help make up for what’s so far been another forgettable campaign under Paul Lambert.