New Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has told the Guardian that he is looking to make signings who are excited about moving to Villa Park this summer.
Di Matteo realises that he faces a rebuilding job at the Midlands club, as they seek an immediate return to the top flight.
Villa have never before been relegated from the Premier League, so their venture into the Championship is a step into the unknown.
However, Di Matteo, who has previously managed in the lower leagues with MK Dons and West Brom, insists that he knows what it will take to guide Villa out of the division.
“If you think the Championship is going to be a walk in the park you can easily end up struggling, but it is my job to make sure the mentality is right,” he said. “I have a good idea of what I want my team to look like and we have some room to make changes.
“We need people who are willing to fight for each other.
“What I am looking for now, both in the transfer market and in terms of players already at the club, are people who are as excited by this project as I am.”
Di Matteo is expected to be handed a large budget at Villa, following the takeover of Dr Tony Xia.
Villa could reportedly have around £40 million to spend this summer, as they look to enhance their squad.
The Claret and Blues have already been linked with a host of players, with Ross McCormack and Patrick Bamford believed to be two of the players of interest.
Villa are also closing in on the signing of Bournemouth defender Tommy Elphick, who is expected to become Di Matteo’s first signing in the coming days.