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Villa confirm Vlaar signing

Netherlands defender Ron Vlaar has joined Aston Villa from Dutch giants Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee.

Vlaar, 27, becomes Aston Villa's fourth summer signing following the arrivals of fellow Eredivisie based duo Karim El Ahmadi and Brett Holman and Sheffield United's Matt Lowton.

The powerful centre-back joins the Midlands side on the day they confirmed the departure of James Collins to his former club West Ham.

"I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of players such as Paul McGrath, Olof Mellberg and Martin Laursen, of course - all of them great players for this club," Vlaar told Villa's official website.

"But I also do things for myself because I want to get the very best out of myself. I can't do it alone - I also need the other players in the team as well as the fans, who are so important. By us all working hard for one another, we can achieve our goals.

"We must work together to make things better and to get good results. We have to do it on the pitch and, with the support of the fans, we can get it going together."

Manager Paul Lambert added: "Ron is a really good defender. He has a wealth of experience for both Holland and a big football club in Feyenoord, so I'm delighted we have got him here to Villa.

"I like the way the guy wants to do well. He's hungry and he wants to succeed. He's also a really good, strong defender and hopefully we will get the benefit of him in our team.

"Certainly, I have no worries about his career so far. He's captained Feyenoord, who finished second last season in the Dutch Eredivisie to qualify for the Champions League, and he's been in the Dutch international set-up and was part of the Euros - he's a proper player."

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