Roberto Di Matteo outlines what new signing Aaron Tshibola will bring to Aston Villa

New manager Roberto Di Matteo during the press conference

Tshibola became Villa's third signing of the summer on Sunday.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo during the press conference

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has told the club's official website that he is delighted to seal the signing of Aaron Tshibola, and highlighted how the ex-Reading man will boost his midfield.

Tshibola became Villa's third signing of the summer when he penned a four-year deal at Villa Park, following the arrivals of Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick and Italian goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.

Villa are thought to have been tracking the 21-year-old for some time and have now got their man as they look to strengthen their squad in all areas of the pitch ahead of the challenge of facing a Championship season.

Tshibola has become a highly-rated young player thanks to some impressive performances in the centre of the midfield for Reading in what was something of a breakthrough season at the Madejski Stadium last term.

Reading's Aaron Tshibola

Di Matteo is clearly pleased to add the young talent to his midfield, and highlighted to the Villa website the attributes that the former England under-18 international will bring.

The Italian told said: "I am very happy that Aaron has joined.

Everton's Leon Osman and Reading's Aaron Tshibola jump for a header

"He’s a highly-rated and well-respected young player who will provide us with plenty of energy, courage and determination in the middle of the park.

"I am confident he will be a tremendous addition to our squad for the very important new season - and beyond."

Tshibola will link up at Villa Park with his former Reading coach Steve Clarke, currently serving as Di Matteo's assistant at the relegated club, and will be hoping to impress his new management team in pre-season over the next month.

Tottenham's Etienne Capoue is brought down by Reading's Aaron Tshibola (R) for a penalty

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