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U.S.’s Michael Bradley Joins Aston Villa

United States midfielder Michael Bradley has joined Premier League club Aston Villa on loan from Borussia Moenchengladbach with an option to make the move permanent in the summer.

“I am really excited to be joining Villa,” Bradley said on the Villa web site. “I am proud and thrilled and can’t wait to get going now. Everyone can see that Villa is a big club, a fantastic club, with tradition and great supporters. Over the past few years Villa have made big strides and are trying to challenge at the very top of the Premier League. I am excited to be part of that and I am excited to be here. I want to play at the highest level and test myself in the biggest of games. Whether it’s on Saturday against Fulham at Villa Park or the week after, I am excited to be here and ready to get going.”

Villa manager Gerard Houllier said:

“Michael is is a very hard-working midfielder who can score goals and is versatile. I saw him play four times at the World Cup in South Africa. I saw him once on TV but four times at the games for the national team, so in terms of scouting you cannot say the work has not been done. We’re pleased that he is here at Aston Villa.”

Bradley will wear the number 13 shirt.

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