Saturday, 8 June 2013

ASTON VILLA SIGN BULGARIAN STAR ALEKSANDAR TONEV


ABOVE: Aston Villa's new signing Aleksandar Tonev
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I’m part of the team and hungry for success.
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Bulgarian star Aleksandar Tonev
8th June 2013

By Jason Mellor

ASTON Villa boss Paul Lambert has tied up a deal for Bulgarian star Aleksandar Tonev.

The Lech Poznan ­winger, who has won 11 caps for his country, is set to join for £2.5m ­after ­agreeing a £25,000-a-week deal to move to Villa Park.

Tonev was at the club’s Bodymoor Heath training ground to complete a medical and finalise ­personal terms yesterday.

And Villa will be happy with their first piece of business this summer ­after beating Celtic and German side Werder Bremen to his signature.

The final transfer fee could rise to £3.25m based on appearances and Tonev said: “I’m part of the team and hungry for success.

“I can’t wait to get ­started and show ­everyone what I can do.

“As soon as I heard of Villa’s interest, my mind was set on coming here.”

The 23-year-old was ­recommended to boss Lambert by ­Bulgarian legend Stiliyan Petrov, now assistant development coach at the club after ­being forced to retire as he ­battles leukaemia.

Petrov said: “I’ve played alongside Alek and Villa have an exciting player on their hands.”


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