Aston Villa have signed a truly 'top class', 'fantastic' player, according to rival director
Aston Villa have signed a truly “top class” player in Emiliano Buendia, according to Stuart Webber.
He completed his medical and finalised terms following Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Colombia.
Buendia is a player of the highest calibre who looks destined for a career at the top of the game.
His 15 goals and 17 assists last season helped Norwich back into the Premier League at the first attempt.
In May, he won the Championship Player of the Season and Norwich’s Player of the Season awards.
Across three seasons Norwich, Buendia made a total of 121 appearances in all competitions, scoring 24 goals.
Webber admitted he didn’t want Buendia to leave, but the player was keen on Villa.
“Whilst we are disappointed to have lost a fantastic player, we should take a moment to be proud of the journey that both Emi and the club have been on,” the Norwich sporting director told the club website.
“From the moment our club scouts, led by head of recruitment Kieran Scott, identified Emi through to Daniel [Farke] and the staff giving him an opportunity, it has been a memorable journey.
“Emi has been top class since the day he arrived. He has worked incredibly hard and we’re proud that he has developed into both the player and person he is today.
“I’m sure he will be the first to acknowledge what Daniel and all of the staff have done to help contribute to his success.
“Despite us not wanting Emi to leave, once he made it clear that he wanted to go to Aston Villa, and they reached the level of deal we have got to, we were left with little option.
“He and his young family will be missed, but he leaves with our blessings, for a club record fee, one that could reach nearly double our previous record.
“We look forward to watching Emi’s career develop further.”
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Villa can be proud of themselves for landing such a top player.
He was impressive in the Premier League in 2019-20 and now he has more experience.
In addition, a confidence-boosting 2020-21 campaign in the Championship will also stand him in good stead.
Arsenal apparently wanted Buendia too, but their loss is Villa’s gain as he’ll now be in claret and blue.
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