Aston Villa’s new signing reveals two key factors in completing transfer

Aston Villa new signing Ludwig Augustinsson has spoken about leaving Sevilla after joining Steven Gerrard’s side in Australia.

Ludwig Augustinsson signed for Villa from Sevilla

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Ludwig Augustinsson signed for Villa from Sevilla

It was announced on Monday that Villa have reached an agreement for the left-back to go on a season-long loan, with Sevilla confirming the deal includes an option to buy. The experienced Sweden international will provide high-quality competition for Lucas Digne’s left-back spot, following the sale of Matt Targett to Newcastle this summer.

Having made 19 league and Champions League appearances for the Spanish side, where he moved last summer after four years with Werder Bremen, Augustinsson is excited for a new challenge at Villa Park. The 28-year-old has revealed his conversations with Villa boss Steven Gerrard and sporting director Johan Lange were instrumental in his decision to join the club.

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« I feel very happy, it’s a very big club and very traditional in England, » he told Villa TV. “I am very happy to be here and I was very well received by everyone.

« I’ve followed the Premier League for many, many years. It’s always been a target and a dream ever since I was a kid. When the opportunity arose I said to my agent ‘Let’s do it. « . I had a good chat with the gaffer and Johan (Lange) and I really felt that this club was going in the right direction.

« They’re a very good team. They’re a great club with very good fans. I’m looking forward to the challenge. »

Villa were linked with several left-backs before opting for Augustinsson, with the 46-cap international already well known to Lange from his time at Copenhagen, where he played alongside compatriot Robin Olsen. Having also been part of the Sevilla backline with Diego Carlos, Augustinsson has given Villa fans a taste of what they can expect to see from him in a burgundy and blue shirt.

« I’m a left-back, I would say I’m an attacking left-back, » he said. “I try to run a lot, find a lot of overlaps and crosses in the box, maybe a few set pieces, and try to get a few assists. But also to be defensively stable and help the team achieve the results they want to achieve this season.

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