Next Game

Houston Dynamo v A Villa

Sunday, 27 July 2014, 02:00

Friendly Match

Last Game

FC Dallas 0 - 2 A Villa

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 02:00

Friendly Match

Tonev agrees to Villa switch

Aston Villa have agreed a deal to sign Bulgaria international Aleksandar Tonev from Polish side Lech Poznan for an undisclosed fee.

Last Updated: 08/06/13 at 05:56 Post Comment

Aleksandar Tonev: Agreed move to Aston Villa

Aleksandar Tonev: Agreed move to Aston Villa

The 23-year-old midfielder completed a medical and agreed terms at the club's Bodymoor Heath training ground, with the move set to be finalised next week.

Tonev played alongside Stiliyan Petrov when he made his Bulgaria debut against Wales in October 2011 and in total has played 11 times for the national team, scoring a hat-trick in the 6-0 victory over Malta in March.

He is keen to follow in Petrov's footsteps at Villa and admitted his presence at the club was instrumental in his decision to join Paul Lambert's side.

"I am really happy to be part of Aston Villa and I am really proud to be able to pull the shirt on," Tonev told the club's official website.

"Aston Villa is a big club and the manager and club have a belief in young players and in the team ethic.

"I am part of the team now and I am hungry for success. I want to show everybody what I can really do. I have played in front of big crowds before but the atmosphere here in England is unique.

"I can't wait to start and to meet my team-mates and the manager. When I heard about Aston Villa, I thought about playing in the Premier League for such a big club.

"Stiliyan being here wasn't a massive influence on me coming here. Stiliyan and Dimitar Berbatov have done really well in this league and I hope I can do the same.

"They are both great Bulgarian players and hopefully I can do the same and make my mark on the Premier League."

Petrov, who is now assistant development coach at the club after retiring from football as he continues to battle leukaemia, is convinced fans will be impressed by Tonev.

"I played alongside Aleks, so I know a little bit about what kind of a player he is. The main thing is that the manager likes him as well and the way he plays," he said.

"I think Villa fans have one exciting player on their hands. He doesn't have a dominant foot which is really interesting.

"He is the kind of player who can really make an impact in this young, exciting team. We spoke last night and he is really looking forward to it. He knows that it will be a challenge but he is ready for it."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Gareth Bale says Real Madrid are eyeing a six-trophy campaign this season

Gareth Bale says Real Madrid are targeting an even bigger trophy haul this season.

Friendly: Manchester United beat LA Galaxy 7-0 as Louis van Gaal era opens in style

Wayne Rooney, Reece James and Ashley Young all scored twice as Manchester United beat LA Galaxy 7-0 in Pasadena.

Premier League: Gylfi Sigurdsson delighted with move to Swansea from Tottenham

Gylfi Sigurdsson has told Sky Sports he is delighted to have joined former club Swansea from Tottenham.

Mail Box

Defending Woodward With Perspective

One Mailer is telling us to hold fire on our Woodward criticism, whilst we also have some wonderful PFA Team of The year geekery, a well done to Vieira and much more...

Why The Obsession Over The Captaincy?

Asks the morning mailbox, before hastily returning to the debate over who should replace Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Ed Woodward's spending plans and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property