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Aston Villa announce the £14m signing of midfielder Sanson from Marseille

Aston Villa has announced the signing of Morgan Sanson from Marseille, on Tuesday.

Sanson will fly to England in a £14 million ($19.2m) deal potentially rising to £15.5m ($21.3m) with add ons.

Upon arriving in England, Sanson has signed a four and ­a ­half ­year deal that will keep him at Villa Park until 2025.

At Marseille, he made 154 total appearances, scoring 25 goals leading them to a runner’s ­up position in Ligue 1 in 2019-20 as well as a Europa League final in 2018.

“I’m really happy to be here. I’m very excited to join the Aston Villa family, and in the future, I hope we can do incredible things together,” Sanson told his new club’s website after completing his move. “It’s a magical club, an enormous club in England.

When Aston Villa phoned me, I didn’t have to think about it for a long time – it was the best opportunity for me and my career.”

He added: “It’s a dream come true for me to join the Premier League since I was a little boy. I’ve watched the games and I like the intensity within the Premier League. For me, it’s a dream come true and I’m very proud to join the Premier League with Aston Villa.”

Internationally, the 26 ­year ­old midfielder has represented France at youth level but is yet earned a senior call­up with Les
Bleus.

Sanson initially joined Marseille in 2017, having previously featured for Le Mans and Montpellier earlier in his career.

“Morgan has performed continuously at the promising level in French football for various seasons also this season’s in the Champions League, and he’s a player with the quality and experience to play in any midfield position,” said Villa boss Dean Smith.

“He will add real competition for starting places and provides us with more squad depth which is important to competing successfully within the Premier League.”

Villa currently sits eighth in the Premier League, just five points off the top four with two outstanding games in hand.

Next up for Villa is a trip to Burnley on Wednesday before a meeting to Southampton on Saturday.

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