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Ex-Vitesse Arnhem defender Swinkels confident he'll get chance at Aston Villa

Former Vitesse Arnhem defender Sil Swinkels is confident he'll get his chance with Aston Villa.

The 16 year-old moved to Villa this summer and while acknowledging Dutch football has a better reputation for giving young players their opportunity, he is confident he'll see the same at Villa.

He told Voetbalzone: “Of course I want to realise that as soon as possible, but it is the Premier League. You really have to be ready for that and there are simply not many young defenders who can immediately keep up with that level.

“In the Eredivisie, young players get the chance much earlier, although there are also exceptions here. For example, one sixteen-year-old boy already trains with Villa's first team. That seems great too, but I first have to play well here for a long time with the Under-18s.

“I've only been here a month and a half and I'm one of the youngest in the team. My next goal now is to play against peers from a real top club and then keep myself going."

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