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New Aston Villa signing Karim El Ahmadi ready for Premier League challenge

New Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi says he is ready to stamp his mark on the Premier League.

The holding midfielder was Paul Lambert's first signing as Villans boss, parting with £2 million to bring him in from Feyenoord in June.

Nicknamed ‘The Governor’ due to his cool head while on the field, El Ahmadi has revealed that he is relishing the pressure and change of pace in the Premier League.

El Ahmadi told the club's official website: "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.

"It's about always wanting to play football. That's what I like and it's like how the Dutch teams play.
"There are a lot of precision games with the ball, so compared to Holland it's the same.”

With Lambert now in charge, the 27-year-old is hoping the club can build up the trust of the fans again following reduced attendances due to poor performances in the previous campaign.

Many fans also stayed away from Villa Park last season after Alex McLeish was appointed manager having been relegated with fierce rivals Birmingham the year before.

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El Ahmadi said: "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.

"You can see that there is more speed here but the training and what we do with the coach is similar to the training that we do in Holland.

The midfielder spent four years each at FC Twente and Feyenoord before completing a "dream" move to England. 

Having been handed the number eight shirt, El Ahmadi is eagerly awaiting the start of the season.

El Ahmadi said: "I saw a lot of Premier League games in Holland because we play a lot on Sunday.

"It's always been a dream to play in the Premier League because I think it's the best in the world.

"I'm glad to come and play for Aston Villa and I hope I can show something.”