Engels: Villa are going for it

By Graham Hill

BJORN Engels says that Villa boss Dean Smith will be aiming high in the Premier League this season.

Smith has been monitoring the Belgium Under-21 defender since his days as Brentford manager.

Engels, 24, has completed his move from French side Reims in a deal believed to be worth around £9million.

And Engels, who has joined Villa on their pre-season training camp in the USA, is now Smith’s eighth signing of the summer.

He says big spending Villa will make an impact under Smith this season.

Engels told Villa’s official website: “I know the way he wants to play, we spoke about it and I think I will fit into that style.

“He doesn’t just want to be a part of the Premier League. He wants results and to get as high as possible.

“I like to play from out of the back. I like to play football.

“I’m also good in duels and can be a threat at set pieces.

“I can’t compare this level of football now to anything I’ve played in before, in Greece, Belgium or France.

“It was always a dream for me to come and play in the Premier League. It’s been a whirlwind 48 hours but I’m now very happy to be here.”

Engels has been on loan at Greek side Olympiacos as well as playing for Reims and Bruges.

Smith said: “Bjorn is a player that I’ve been watching for the past 18 months. We’re very happy to have secured his services and look forward to working with him.”

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