Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Morgan Sanson from Marseille on a four-and-a-half year deal.
The midfielder made 157 appearances for Les Olympiens over the past four seasons, registering 25 goals and 22 assists.
Speaking to the club’s website, he said he hoped his stay at Villa Park would be a fruitful one.
“I’m really happy to be here. I’m very proud to join the Aston Villa Family, and in the future I hope we can do great things together. It’s a magical club, a big club in England. When Aston Villa called me, I didn’t have to think about it for a long time – it was the best opportunity for me and my career,” he began.
“I spoke with the coach and he is a great coach who is appreciated by the fans. He makes good football and the team play well, and I like the players who play for this team.
“I’m very excited to play with my new teammates. I have watched the team very intensely since we talked with the club.
“I love the team; I love the spirit – I’m a warrior and I like it when all the players run for the team and run for the club. I appreciate watching Villa because it’s good football. I hope the best for the club. I think we have a very good team.”
Villa boss Dean Smith also revealed his delight at the move, saying: “Morgan has performed consistently at the highest level in French football for a number of seasons as well as in this season’s Champions League, and is a player with the quality and experience to play in any midfield position.
“He will add real competition for starting places and gives us more squad depth which is vital to competing successfully in the Premier League.”