Idrissa Gueye excited to link up with Joe Cole, Jordan Amavi at Aston Villa

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The Senegalese midfielder's move to Villa Park sees him reunited with former Lille teammate Cole and get the chance to line up alongside another summer signing from Ligue 1.

Aston Villa new boy Idrissa Gueye has told AVTV of his delight at the chance to play with former Lille teammate Joe Cole and fellow summer signing Jordan Amavi in the Midlands.

Gueye, 25, joined Villa earlier this month on a four-year deal from Lille for a reported £9 million, having made 176 total appearances for the French club over the past five seasons.

The Senegal international’s move to England now sees him reunited with Cole, who spent the 2011-12 campaign on loan at the Ligue 1 outfit from Liverpool, and he revealed how his fellow midfielder has been quick to give him a warm welcome.

Asked whether he was excited at the prospect of lining up alongside the former Chelsea star again, Gueye said: “Yes, I spoke with him when I arrived at the club. I talked to him and told me it’s a nice club. He gave me his number and said that if I needed anything I can call him.

“He can help me [settle in], and I also known Aly Cissokho. Jordan Amavi arrived with me too.”

Like Gueye, who recorded a career-best four goals and three assists last term, 21-year-old left-back Amavi also experienced a stellar 2014-15 season in the French top-flight, scoring four times in 37 games to help Nice to an 11th-place finish.

The France Under-21 international’s impressive form had seen his named linked with the likes of Arsenal and Atletico Madrid earlier this month [h/t Daily Mail] but, after seeing him emerge as one of Ligue 1’s most exciting prospects, his new teammate is delighted that Villa managed to win the race to his reported £10 million signature.

“He’s a very good player,” Gueye added on Amavi. “He can score goals. He defends very well and he’s a good guy, so now we’ll work together to push the team forward.”

With Manchester City luring away Fabian Delph, the addition of Gueye fills an immediate need for Villa, while the same could be said for Amavi's arrival after the problems the club endured at left-back over the course of last season.

Having been labelled two of Ligue 1's top talents, there is good reason to believe the pair have bright futures ahead and, with Christian Benteke’s imminent departure to Liverpool set to net the club £32.5 million, manager Tim Sherwood should be making a few more promising signings over the coming weeks.

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