El Ahmadi looking forward to new season with Villa

Aston Villa’s new signing Karim El Ahmadi is relishing the prospect of playing in the Premier League, and is hopeful the fans will return to Villa Park after last year’s relegation scrap, according to Goal.com.

The 27-year-old arrived at Villa Park last week following a £2million transfer from Dutch club Feyenoord, and the Moroccan international is hoping he can manage the “change of pace” from the Dutch Eredivisie to the Premier League.

Speaking to the clubs website, El Ahmadi said: “Sometimes in Holland they call me ‘The Governor’, I feel comfortable with the job to always help make the team play better and always come for the ball.”

The former FC Twente player became new Villa manager Paul Lambert’s first signing since replacing fellow Scot Alex McLeish following a disastrous campaign that saw the club finish 16th and many supporters stayed away from Villa Park in protest.

El Ahmadi is confident that Lambert can turn the clubs fortunes around and believes the fans will enjoy the football played under the former Norwich manager, who guided the Norfolk club to an impressive first season back in the Premier League and was appointed as Villa manager last month.

“I hope the fans are going to support us and help us do everything to take Villa to a good level, back where it belongs, “I think with this coach we’re going to play some good football”, El Ahmadi said in the interview.

In recent days the midfielder has spoken of his “dream” move to the Premier League and finished by saying: “I’m glad to come and play for Aston Villa and I hope I can show something.”

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