Aston Villa have completed the permanent signing of Dutch midfielder Anwar El Ghazi after his impressive loan spell at Villa Park last term, handing him a four-year deal.
He’s back! ?
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) June 10, 2019
The 24-year-old was brought in from Lille on a season-long loan last summer, and he scored six league goals and assisted six more in 34 Championship appearances, including the opener in the 2-1 victory over Derby County in the playoffs final.
With promotion to the Premier League finally secured, Villa need the best hands for the job next season, and El Ghazi fits the bill.
Fans are pleased that the club secured the signature of the Netherlands international on a permanent basis, and here is how some of them reacted to the announcement on Twitter:
This is great news!
— Teemu Samuel Itkonen (@Karhu1991) June 10, 2019
This has made my day ??✒️✒️
— Punjabi Villa'n (@Bhangra_Machine) June 10, 2019
Welcome back, no doubt you’re gonna light it up in the prem ?
— Douglas Bray (@douglas_bray) June 10, 2019
Big fan of this!
— Scottish Cafu ?????????????????? (@garyb_avfc) June 10, 2019
— Villans Opinions (@VillansOpinions) June 10, 2019
— Alisha (@alishaavfc) June 10, 2019
Like el ghazi
Makes me happy
Makes me feel this way
— Dane bird (@Danebird7) June 10, 2019
Ain’t no body like El Ghaziiiii ??
— Ben Fisk (@B_Fisky) June 10, 2019
Welcome back @AElGhazi7 you absolute baller.
— Dan Bardell (@danbardell) June 10, 2019
The former Ajax winger last played for the Netherlands in 2015, but will be hoping to earn a recall to Ronald Koeman’s squad ahead of Euros 2020, and impressing in the top-flight next season will be enough for him to convince Oranje’s team selectors.