The Spanish defender came up against his new teammate in La Liga last season.
The versatile defender’s spell was made permanent earlier this summer but he would not get a chance of a second campaign with Los Califas, having impressed Villa manager Tim Sherwood enough during his time at the Estadio Nuevo Arcángel to land another switch to England.
Now linking up with fellow Spaniard Gil at Villa Park, the former Sevilla man known of his new teammate’s talents all too well after seeing him grab an assist as a second-half substitute in Cordoba’s 3-0 defeat at Valencia last September, and believes he is primed for a big 2015-16 season.
“Carles is a very good player,” Crespo told avfc.co.uk. “He is excellent technically. He is very quick in the mind with what he wants to do with the football.
“He is just a quality player who can make things happen. He can do well for us this season.”
Signed from Valencia in the winter transfer window, Gil netted Villa’s goal of the season on his full debut in a 2-1 FA Cup fourth round win over Bournemouth, before going on to earn rave reviews in his first four league starts.
However, after being hauled off 58 minutes into Sherwood’s first game in charge against Stoke, the creative midfielder would earn just a one-minute cup cameo over the remaining 15 games of the campaign, as rumours of a falling-out with the Villa boss led to reports of a potential return to Spain.
Sherwood himself has since put those suggestions to bed, though, while the former Under-21 international also started the club’s first thee pre-season fixtures before picking up a minor knock in the second-half of the recent 2-0 win at Swindon Town.
Nevertheless, it should not be long before he is back in contention and, having looked like a certified Premier League No. 10 during his first few weeks in the Midlands, there are more than enough reasons to be just as excited as Crespo about his development going forward.