By Derrick Kiplagat
Aston Villa have completed the signing of highly-rated Barcelona youngster Adama Traore, with the 19-year-old winger becoming the club’s 10th new arrival of what has so far been a very busy summer.
The Spanish junior international, who has been with Barcelona since the age of eight, has signed a five-year deal at Villa Park and is said to have cost the club in excess of £ 7 million.
Speaking to AVFC.co.uk, Traore said of his move, “It’s an honor for me to come here. It’s a club that showed interest in me from the first moment and made me feel important in terms of their project.”
The player has been in England for several days already, having also visited Stoke City. He was additionally linked with a move to Liverpool, but settled on the claret and blue of Tim Sherwood’s Villa.
“I have spoken to the manager and have a very good impression of him and what he wants from me. All this has made this club my top attraction. I would also like to express my gratitude to everyone at FC Barcelona for helping me develop as a player and as a person.”
Sherwood was understandably delighted to bring a player produced by the same
prestigious academy that produced world class players such as Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi.
“He’s someone I have been tracking for a long time,” the boss said. “He’s a big powerful boy, very quick, dynamic and a maverick-type player. Those players are few and far between. We’re delighted he has chosen Villa to continue his development.”
Villa are looking to strengthen their forward line after their talismanic striker Christian Benteke made the switch to Liverpool two weeks ago.