Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo told the club's official website: "I am very pleased to have brought in Pierluigi. We have managed to sign him despite the fact he was being chased by a number of top sides and that is a great sign.
"He's a young man but has plenty of experience and I'm sure he'll...
Former Brazil international Rivaldo says he hopes his son Rivaldinho will follow in his footsteps by playing for a club in Serie A and revealed he has already turned down an offer from a third-division club in Italy.
Rivaldo, 44, spent two seasons at AC Milan but would be happy to see his son sign for any of Serie A's biggest clubs.
But he believes his son should not have to start off as low as the third tier to prove himself, with an offer from Sud Tirol on the table.