Villa signing Okore grateful to Laursen for recommendation

New Aston Villa signing Jores Okore is proud of the recommendation from Martin Laursen. Former Villa skipper Laursen talked up the prospect of signing his fellow Dane this week.

New Aston Villa signing Jores Okore is proud of the recommendation from Martin Laursen.

Former Villa skipper Laursen talked up the prospect of signing his fellow Dane this week.

Laursen told Villa's website: "If I was to describe myself, I think I'm a big, strong defender with good pace. Obviously, my priority is to be a really good defensive player but I think I can bring something to our game offensively, too, and maybe start some attacks. But the foremost thing will be to defend well and after that think about whatever else I may be able to contribute.

"It was really nice to hear some very nice comments from [former Villa and Danish international defender] Martin Laursen. It means a lot. I hope I can bring what he brought to the team and some of my own style as well. Martin was a great player for this club and I don't want to build it up too much. I have to come in and work hard and that's what I intend to do. I have a really good coach who will help me to perform my role, to be a leader in the squad, to take responsibility and perform well."

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