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New Aston Villa signing Idrissa Gueye wants move to 'big club' in future

Idrissa Guete's impressive form for Lille saw him targeting by Southampton and Aston Villa.

New Aston Villa signing Idrissa Gueye has told L'Equipe he aims to use the Premier League side as a stepping stone to a big club.

Gueye, 25, completed a €10 million move to Villa from Lille earlier this month, though only put pen to paper on his four-year deal after arriving in England on Sunday.

Villa lost captain Fabian Delph to Manchester City last week, while sources told ESPN FC that Christian Benteke is set to sign for Liverpool in a £32.5m transfer.

After shining in Ligue 1, Senegal international Gueye now hopes to do the same in the Premier League to earn a move to one of Europe's biggest clubs.

"I wanted a change of scenery," he said. "The most important thing was to come to England to improve and aim for a big club later.

"It's a league which suits me down to the ground. The box-to-box style is very much mine. I think I'll enjoy it."

Gueye acknowledged Southampton had also been interested but never made a formal offer for his services, while he rejected a move to Marseille despite holding talks with the Ligue 1 outfit.

"My choice was always oriented towards England. I never hid that when I spoke to them," Gueye said, adding Villa manager Tim Sherwood had convinced him to sign for the Birmingham-based club.

"The coach and I got on well straightaway. I saw the vision of how he wants us to play and where he counted on using me. He had watched a lot of my games.

"That gave me confidence. He told me some very nice things, and that pushed me to take this decision. I preferred to sign quickly so that I could do the preseason with my new club."

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