He said: "It was motivation for me when I went to join up with the national team and saw all the players from the Premier League - Kompany, Vermaelen and Hazard. It made me want to play here.
"But the manager also convinced me this was the perfect move.
"Aston Villa is a very historic football club and my colleagues on international duty have said good things about the football here in England.
"I am looking forward to getting my career started in the Premier League. I am a striker and I can play with my back to the goal. I can also play behind the striker and I am good in the air.
"I know Darren Bent is a great striker and I want to play with him and work hard for the team."