After his debut against Tottenham, he was quick to credit the help of Villa's assistant head coach Terry.
Engels, an £8million summer signing from Reims, admitted he was initially nervous in the presence of the five-time Premier League winner.
He explained: “When I arrived, I was a bit scared. You look up to him, such a legend.
“You expect him to step on to a training field with an attitude of 'who are you', but he is not at all condescending. Completely the opposite, even."
He continued: “I can't imagine a better mentor. If you look at the legendary defenders in the Premier League, it's him and maybe a pair from Man United – Rio Ferdinand.
“If you can learn, it is the ideal guide in a new competition. It's the details that can make a difference."
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