Sylla surprised Premier League opportunity came with Villa

French midfielder Yacouba Sylla was surprised at joining Aston Villa in January from Clermont.

French midfielder Yacouba Sylla was surprised at joining Aston Villa in January from Clermont.

The 22 year old was Villa boss Paul Lambert's first signing of the transfer window after a £2million deal from French Ligue 2 side Clermont.

"When the Premier League opportunity came, I immediately said yes," Sylla said.

"I was absolutely not prepared for it. It was impossible to refuse.

"I was surprised they came and got me at Clermont."

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