Aston Villa conclude Vlaar signing

Aston Villa have confirmed that they have finalised a deal to bring Ron Vlaar to the club.

The Netherlands international joins the Midlands club from Feyenoord on a three-year contract, in a deal believed to be worth around £3 million.

The centre-half is looking forward to playing in the Premier League and is delighted to have signed for Paul Lambert’s men.

“I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of players such as Paul McGrath, Olof Mellberg and Martin Laursen, of course – all of them great players for this club,” the defender told the club’s official website.

“But I also do things for myself because I want to get the very best out of myself. I can’t do it alone, I also need the other players in the team as well as the fans, who are so important. By us all working hard for one another, we can achieve our goals.

“We must work together to make things better and to get good results. We have to do it on the pitch and, with the support of the fans, we can get it going together.

“Over time I hope my relationship with the fans at Villa becomes the same as it was at Feyenoord. I was at Feyenoord for seven years and the fans were good for me. It would be great to experience the same here and I will strive to achieve this,” he confessed.

Lambert feels that the addition will strengthen the side, and is glad to have signed a player of Vlaar’s experience.

“Ron is a really good defender and he has a wealth of experience for both Holland and a big football club in Feyenoord, so I’m delighted we have got him here to Villa,” said Lambert.

“I like the way the guy wants to do well. He’s hungry and he wants to succeed. He’s also a really good, strong defender and hopefully we will get the benefit of him in our team.

“Certainly, I have no worries about his career so far. He’s captained Feyenoord, who finished second last season in the Dutch Eredivisie to qualify for the Champions League, and he’s been in the Dutch international set-up and was part of the Euros, so he’s a proper player.

“He’ll bring something to the club, no doubt about it,” the Scot concluded.

By Gareth McKnight