Aston Villa star vows to repay club for fulfilling Premier League dream

Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez is determined to show his commitment to Aston Villa amid their relegation battle.

After handing him his dream Premier League move, Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez has told the Birmingham Mail that he will fight to the finish to help keep the club in the top-flight.

Sanchez, 29, sealed a £4.7 million move to Villa from Spanish club Elche in August on the back of his impressive World Cup showing for Colombia, and has since made 23 total appearances for the club.

After a slow start to life in the West Midlands, the 52-times capped midfielder secured a regular spot in the side in late-October, and would go on to prove one of the team’s most reliable contributors over the following months.

The former La Liga star endured a recent setback, dropping to the bench for three games following a poor outing in the 5-0 defeat at Arsenal earlier this month, but the weekend’s visit of Stoke saw new boss Tim Sherwood restore him to the line-up for his first game in charge.

While his return was unable to inspire a positive result, as an agonising 2-1 loss dropped Villa to 19th in the league table with 12 matches remaining, Sanchez is determined to do more over the final stretch of the campaign to save his team from relegation.

“I think I can give more to the team,” he said. “They gave me this chance to play in the Premier League and I will to give everything in return.

“I want to carry on giving more to this club which has given me an opportunity.”

 2014-15 Premier League GoalsAssistsTotal Key PassesPassing AccuracyTotal Tackles GAMETackles AccuracyDuels Won GAMEDuel SuccessInterceptions GAMETouches GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Carlos Sánchez 0 0 8 84% 3 65% 6.3 52.5% 1.3 64.45 20 1,519

Having had to grow accustomed to the speed of the English game in recent months, Sanchez also admits that the since-departed Paul Lambert’s decision to sit him for his final two games at the helm allowed him the chance of a much-needed rest.

“It cost me a bit at the start but the manager kept telling me he understood that and my team-mates, too,” he added. “I feel as though I have got used to it now and I feel a lot better.

“The language was fine because football is the same language. I already knew the swearwords!”

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