aston villa sign anwar el ghazi on permanent deal

08:29    11 Jun 2019

Anwar El Ghazi
EFL Championship playoff winners Aston Villa have announced the signing of Dutch international Anwar El Ghazi on a permanent deal from French Ligue 1 club Lille.

The 24-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Villa Park, has signed a four-year contract with the Birmingham side ahead of their return to the Premier League in 2019/20.

El Ghazi starred in the Championship playoff final win over Derby County late last month, scoring the opening goal in the 2-1 victory which clinched Villa's return to England’s top flight.

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Villa boss Dean Smith told the club's official website: "Anwar proved to everybody at Wembley how good a player he can be for Aston Villa."

He added: "He's ready for the step up to the Premier League and he's a young player who has an awful lot of potential.

"It's now my job and the job of the coaching staff and Anwar himself to fulfil the potential that he undoubtedly has. He'll be a great addition to the squad for next season."

As well as his goal at Wembley, El Ghazi scored a further five times during the course of the regular season as Villa finished fifth in the Championship table.


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