"I'm delighted. It's a great opportunity for me. Obviously Aston Villa have improved each season recently.
"Hopefully I can be part of a squad that can challenge for a Champions League spot.
"I think with Aston Villa, with the experience they would have gained from last season - they went so close for so long at the top end and the manager has bought in some new players into the squad this year - maybe it might help us go that bit further.""I came on Friday and passed my medical and I thought it would be a straightforward day for me. I think there was just a lot of pressure on a lot of people with so many deals going through but I'm just really pleased that finally we have it all done."