Former midfielder Karim El Ahmadi explains what he learned at Aston Villa

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The Moroccan says his Feyenoord team could learn a lot from English football.

Midfielder Karim El Ahmadi did not exactly pull up any roots while at Aston Villa. The Moroccan international moved to Villa from Feyenoord in 2012 and went on to become a regular in Paul Lambert’s first-team – although was not a spectacular member of the squad.

In the end, after two seasons with Villa, he decided to move on – joining his former club Feyenoord last summer.

However, it appears that he has learned something from his time in English football. He has been speaking to Voetbal International this week. In his interview he spoke about his time at Villa. He stated that Dutch teams, who put a significant interest on style over substance, could learn something from the English game – where the result matters most:

"In England, Aston Villa, they look differently at the football on. Netherlands can learn an incredible much from teams in the Premier League.

"Feyenoord can learn a lot from PSV. How on Sunday they beat us, but also the effective manner in which they played last season.

"I'm trying to convey the winning spirit. Especially on the young guys. Because someone like Dirk Kuyt has, of course, already got it."

El Ahmadi, who is playing alongside former Liverpool hero Dirk Kuyt in Rotterdam, has been a regular at Feyenoord this season as the club look to beat the likes of PSV Eindhoven and Ajax to the Eredivisie title.

He will be hoping some of that English steel he learned during his difficult time at Villa will help his side to a title tilt.

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