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Villa defender Dunne hails Davies "as good as anyone in league"

New Aston Villa defensive signing Richard Dunne says fans shouldn't forget the quality that was already at Villa Park.

The former Manchester City skipper rates Curtis Davies as one of the top flight's best defenders and expects Carlos Cuellar to go from strength to strength.

"There was a lot of defensive quality already in the squad," Dunne told the Birmingham Mail.

"Maybe a bit of experience is what was needed and the manager felt that myself and James (Collins) could maybe add that.

"As far as talent goes, Curtis is probably as good as anyone in the league, he just needs to play games. And obviously Carlos has just come down from Scotland so he just needs the experience of playing games in England.

"They'll improve and as they get on they'll just get better and better.

"Hopefully I can be a steadying influence but for me and for James it's new for us coming into a different club. Everyone can help each other and that's the way this squad will work.

"Nobody's come in to step on someone else's toes. We all want to work and hopefully progress as a club together."

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