Benjamin Siegrist admits to sleepless nights during his seven-year Aston Villa stay

Benjamin Siegrist - Aston Villa Youth

The former Swiss prodigy has now joined Vaduz in the Swiss Super League.

Benjamin Siegrist - Aston Villa YouthBenjamin Siegrist with Aston Villa Youth

Benjamin Siegrist has commented on his time at Aston Villa after exiting the club after seven years this summer.

Speaking to Blick in his Swiss homeland the 24-year-old expressed how important his time with Villa was to his career – as he looks to embark on a new journey with Liechtenstein based side Vaduz in the Swiss Premier League:

"This is a new challenge. I like it a lot.

"(But) these seven years they belong in my career.”

Switzerland's Benjamin Siegrist saves from Nigeria's Sani Emmanuel (L)Switzerland's Benjamin Siegrist saves from Nigeria's Sani Emmanuel (L)

Siegrist arrived at Aston Villa as one of the stars of a Swiss side that had just won the under-17 World Cup in Nigeria which also included current Swiss internationals Ricardo Rodriguez, Pajtim Kasami and Haris Seferovic.

He won the Golden Glove award as the best goalkeeper at the tournament – which saw Villa swoop to bring him in from FC Basel.

Ricardo Rodriguez scores the first goal for Wolfsburg from the penalty spotRicardo Rodriguez scores the first goal for Wolfsburg from the penalty spot

So he did also admit to Blick that this has caused him some doubts during his time at Villa:

“I have, had many sleepless nights, because players from the U17 now play at such big clubs.”

In his seven years at Villa he failed to make a big impact and injury problems, including a leg fracture, hampered his progress.

Switzerland's Benjamin SiegristSwitzerland's Benjamin Siegrist

He spent time on loan at Burton Albion, Cambridge United, Solihull Moors and Wycombe Wanderers during his time at the club but never made an appearance for the Villa first-team.

He will now be hoping to find his feet at Vaduz and finally fulfil his obvious potential.

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