Martin Laursen says Thomas Sorensen recommendation convinced him to join Aston Villa

Aston Villa's Martin Laursen in action

The former Aston Villa captain reveals his compatriot and then-Villa goalkeeper Sorensen recommended the club to him.

Aston Villa's Martin Laursen in action

Former Aston Villa captain Martin Laursen has revealed to the club's official website that it was his international teammate and then-Villa goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen who convinced him to join the club on the strength of his recommendation.

Laursen joined Vila from AC Milan for £3 million in 2004 and eventually became captain and a firm fan favourite at Villa Park despite only managing a single full season in the tea, due to persistent injury problems..

The Danish centre-back managed just 13 appearances in his first two seasons at the club but became integral after shaking off his injury troubles in the second half of the first season under Martin O'Neill.

Martin Laursen - Aston Villa celebrates his goal for 1-0 with James Milner

In his only spell of generally continual fitness between April 2007 and January 2009 he scored 10 goals in 70 appearances for the club before being forced into retirement after suffering another serious knee injury.

Laursen is generally regarded by Villa fans as one of the finest defenders to have played for the club in recent years, and he revealed that he was convinced to join the club because of the recommendation of Sorensen, who was first-choice goalkeeper at the time.

The former defender told the club's website: "I was looking eagerly at the Premier League after six years in Italy where I had learnt a lot. I just knew in my heart that I was most suited to playing football in England. It was perfect for me.

Thomas Sorensen - Aston Villa

"I learnt a lot technically and tactically in Italy and I felt like a really mature player when I arrived at Villa. I spoke to two other clubs as well as Villa. But I was clearly very interested in Villa because of the size of the club - and the recommendation I had received from Thomas Sorensen.

"I was relishing the atmosphere, the excitement, the physicality, the tempo - everything about English football. And what an experience it ended up being!"

Laursen most certainly falls into the "what if?" category for Villa fans, as the team thrived with him as its leader, finishing sixth and reaching the last-32 of the UEFA Cup.

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