Aston Villa new boy Jose Angel Crespo not concerned about transition to English football

The 28-year-old Spanish defender believes his previous experience of playing abroad in Italy will help him adapt quickly to the Premier League.

Aston Villa new boy Jose Angelo Crespo believes his experience playing in Serie A will help ease his transition to the Premier League.

Crespo, 28, was speaking to AVTV after joining Villa on a deal until 2018 from Cordoba, where he made 27 La Liga appearances last season as the club finished bottom of the table.

Nevertheless, despite the club’s relegation, the Spanish defender impressed enough during his time at the Estadio Nuevo Arcángel to attract Tim Sherwood’s interest, who opted to fork out a reported £500,000 fee to bring him to the Midlands this week.

Before his one-season spell at Cordoba, the former Sevilla product had spent the previous four campaigns playing in Italy with Calcio Padova and Bologna, respectively, and thinks that experience will stand him in good stead during his efforts to adapt to the English game.

“When I played in Serie A I had to adapt to a new environment,” he told AVTV. “I’m sure that this will help me adapt quickly to the Premier League.

“I want to get to know my team-mates, get to know the area and settle in very quickly. All those factors will help me to be an asset for the football club, which is the most important thing.”

Continuing on his switch to the English top-flight, Crespo added: “t's great to be in the Premier League. It's the best in the world in my opinion. It's very exciting every week.

“I want to settle here. I want to get started. I want to do my very best. It's such a big club in a big league.”

Crespo is Villa’s third defensive signing of summer following the previous additions of Micah Richards and Jordan Amavi but, unlike his fellow recruits, the Spaniard is no guarantee to be a first-choice starter in Sherwood’s side.

The former Under-21 international could challenge Alan Hutton for the starting right-back job but, having also lined up at centre-half and on the left-hand side of defence during his career, it seems likelier that he has been brought in to take on the role of a versatile backup.

Nevertheless, with the backline lacking cover even before taking into account Nathan Baker’s potential move to Burnley [h/t Daily Mail], and Richards, Hutton, Ciaran Clark and Jores Okore all known to pick up the odd injury, there should be numerous opportunities for him to see minutes moving forward.

In addition, having come up against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi during his time in Spain, he should have few problems being thrown in at the deep end.

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