Vlaar press conference transcript: Ron's thoughts in full
Please find below a transcript of all interviews, which took place on the track on the side of the Villa Park pitch.
Reporter: Tell us about your week?
RV: It's been a crazy week but it's great to be here. I feel good. I really look forward to tomorrow and my first match. I am looking forward to the week.
Reporter: What does it mean to be signing for Villa in the Premier League?
RV: For me it is a dream come true. If you look at the stadium it's fantastic. I used to play in a very nice stadium at Feyenoord and I look forward to all the stadiums this season. Playing at Villa Park? I really look forward to that.
Reporter: Your nickname is 'Concrete'?
RV: Yes that's right. I had some injuries in the past and I trained really hard to come back. I did some muscle training and came back very strong and after that, they gave me that nickname.
Reporter: The nickname Concrete Ron suggests you're very tough?
RV: I think so, yes. I am a player and I want to win every fight and every game. I look forward to going against the new strikers I am not used to playing against.
Reporter: What's going to be the difference for you in the Premier League?
RV: I have trained with the club two times and I feel there's a big difference in the speed of the game and it's more physical. That's good for me. I have to make sure I am ready.
Reporter: What has Karim El Ahmadi said to you?
RV: I talked to him a couple of times before I signed. He was saying that there's more physical strength and speed in the game than in Holland. That's something you have to get used to. But if I look to him now, it will be no problem.
Reporter: Did Karim say that the physicality of the Premier League would suit your game?
RV: Yes he did. I talked to some other players who play in England and they said the same to me. I
Reporter: Looking forward to playing against Robin van Persie?
RV: I look forward to playing against him. I don't know where he will play but we will wait and see.
Reporter: Not given you any clues?
RV: No. No. I haven't spoken to him lately.
Reporter: What striker are you most looking forward to facing?
RV: There are some very good strikers in the Premier League. Every team has. But, of course, you look to Wayne Rooney and Manchester City play a lot of different strikers. The most important thing is that we play as a team. It's not just me or someone else. We have to do everything together.
Reporter: Are the likes of Wayne Rooney going to get past you?
RV: No [smiles].
Reporter: Villa have had the likes of Paul McGrath. Do you want to step into those shoes?
RV: Of course I hope to be close to him. Paul is a real Villa legend. I know that. If I am half as good as he was, it would be fantastic for me. I want to improve every week. That's the most important thing. I can't do that alone. The crowd are very important too. We have to make Villa Park a place where it is very hard to beat us.
Reporter: Rotterdam is famous for one thing at Villa, now it's two?
RV: I certainly know Villa won the European Cup in Rotterdam. That's real nice. I played in Rotterdam so for me to be here now? I hope they remember that also.
Reporter: How does it feel to be at Villa Park?
RV: It feels really good. Looking around the stadium now, I can't wait for the first home game when it will be filled with Villa supporters. We have to give them a great shout and we have to play very good.
Reporter: Shirt fits nicely?
RV: I am very happy to wear it. I can't wait for the first match.
RV: It's been pretty tough because the speed is quicker than what I am used to in Holland. But I have spoken to Karim and he said he had the same. But if you look at how he's doing now, it won't be a problem. I look forward to improving every day.
Reporter: Seems to be good morale in the dressing room?
RV: Yes absolutely. That's very important. If you don't play like a team, it's hard to win games. We have to fight together and get a good spirit. Also with the crowd. If that works, I believe we will be a hard team to beat, especially at home.
Reporter: There are good young players at the club?
RV: Yes. And I heard Villa is known for getting their own young players through into the first team. That's very important. I look forward to playing with them.
Reporter: How good is Bodymoor Heath?
RV: It's unbelievable. When I first saw it I was amazed. You have everything you want. It starts there and ends on the pitch.
Reporter: Couple of friendlies still to go?
RV: Yes and I look forward to it. It's important to get to know my team-mates better and play with them. That will be great.
Reporter: You requested to meet the fans?
RV: The fans are very important. And with home games it's very important. I look forward to meeting them. We have to do it together.
Reporter: What lift can fans give?
RV: We have to give them signals on the pitch and they can shout and go crazy for us. Then we will be hard to beat.
Reporter: How have your first few days been?
RV: They have been great, busy. But it's all new impressions. I have to get to know my new team-mates and people at the club. I have been tired every evening and I have been going to sleep early but I look forward to the first match tomorrow now. It's exciting.
Reporter: What's training been like with the new manager?
RV: It's been very good. It's different to what I was used to in Holland. I have to get used to the speed but that won't be a problem. I spoke to Karim and he had the same. If you look at what he's like now, I'm not afraid.
Reporter: Nice that Paul Lambert signed you?
RV: Of course, we had some very nice conversations. He gave me a very good feeling. I am very happy to be here. I am delighted the deal is done and that I signed my contract and that I can play for Aston Villa.
Reporter: How good to be playing in the Premier League?
RV: That is a dream come true. I think it's the best competition in the world and I can't wait to play. We have to do our best.
Reporter: How does Villa Park compare with other stadiums in Holland?
RV: The stadium at Feyenoord was also very nice. But away from home, there's also some very small stadiums. It's very different.
Reporter: What sort of player are you?
RV: I play with a lot of passion. I just want to win every game, no matter what. I hope to bring that over to the other players and the crowd and then we can be very strong.
Reporter: Are you a tough-tackling, aggressive defender?
RV: Yes I am.
Reporter: You take no prisoners?
Reporter: What sort of season are you hoping for?
RV: We want to do our best in every game. We train very hard to get better every day. We try our best. I believe we have a lot of qualities in the group and it has to happen on the pitch and we have to do it together. I really look forward to it. I am really confident that we can do a lot better.
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