Aaron Tshibola explains his decision to join Aston Villa

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

The 21-year-old midfielder joined the club from Reading on Sunday on a four-year deal.

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

Aaron Tshibola has told Aston Villa’s official website that the club’s size and stature made it a straightforward decision for him to make the move to the West Midlands.

Tshibola, 21, was officially unveiled as Roberto Di Matteo’s third signing as Villa manager on Sunday following the recent arrivals of Tommy Elphick and Pierluigi Gollini, joining the club from Championship counterparts Reading for a fee believed to be around £5 million.

The physical midfielder, who has penned a four-year deal at Villa Park, has already linked up with Di Matteo’s squad at their preseason training camp in Austria and is now aiming to establish himself as an integral part of their promotion push this term.

“I am delighted to be here. I am buzzing to be in the claret and blue,” Tshibola told avfc.co.uk. “The history of this football club is there for all to see. It speaks for itself. I have been getting shivers reading through all the cups and titles this Club has won. It’s incredible.

Aston Villa is a massive football club. Everyone knows it should be in the Premier League. We will be fighting to go straight back up.

“The club has been in a low point. But I want to be part of that journey back up. It’s a new era now, a fresh start. We’ve got to forget what’s happened and focus on bouncing straight back up.”

Jordan Jones and Aaron Tshibola of Hartlepool United in as Damien McCrory of Burton Albion lies on the pitch

Tshibola spent eight years with Reading after joining their academy at the age of 13, earning his professional debut for the club in August 2014 before taking in a four-month loan spell at Hartlepool over the second half of the 2014-15 campaign.

The former England Under-18 international subsequently broke into the Royals’ first-team setup last summer under the guidance of Villa’s new assistant manager Steve Clarke and went on to make 12 Championship appearances during the first few months of the season, standing out as one of the team's star performers in the process.

“I think if you’re playing as well as Aaron is playing then you deserve your place in the team,” Clarke told Get Reading last September. “When you‘ve got a young boy who is improving and improving in the manner Aaron is, then it’s great to see for a coach.”

Reading manager Steve Clarke

Tshibola ultimately saw his progress curtailed by ankle and hamstring injuries over the second half of last season, but new Reading boss Jaap Stam had been desperate to keep him at the club this summer such is his potential.

It obviously remains to be seen how much playing time the London-born youngster will see with Villa initially – especially if the likes of Idrissa Gana, Jordan Veretout and Ashley Westwood end up staying in B6 – but his reported price tag suggests that Di Matteo sees him as a big part of his plans for the future.

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

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