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Stoke v Villa: Determined Sylla - Merci beaucoup Benteke
Yacouba Sylla on his time in the top-flight.
4th Apr 2013
Stoke v Villa: Determined Sylla - Merci beaucoup Benteke


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Yacouba Sylla says he's flourishing at Villa thanks to good pal Christian Benteke.

Sylla has impressed greatly in the middle ground for the past three games against Reading, QPR and Liverpool.

The 22-year-old admits that having French-speaking Benteke around has helped him settle into his new surroundings.

He said: "Christian leaves near to me so we see each other and eat together sometimes.

"This has been a big help for me in trying to integrate into the group.

"We help each other as team-mates and this is the spirit we will be able to draw on always.

"Christian is leading from the front and he is having a very good season but we are all in this together.

"We have goals in us and we are very positive in our thoughts. "I've been welcomed and helped by everybody at the club.

"I understand the philosophy of the game we play here - we try to play very well on the ball. We are also a very tight team, a team that are together.

"This is the central part of the philosophy."

Sylla could hardly believe Villa wanted to sign him but he has quickly adapted to the demands of the top-flight.

After making substitute appearances against Everton and West Ham, he watched from the bench as Paul Lambert's side slipped to defeat at the hands of Arsenal and Man City.

But Fabian Delph's two-match suspension paved the way for Sylla to make his first starting appearance at the Madejski Stadium - and he responded with what the manager described as an outstanding display.

He added: "I was really happy to start the game.

"But the joy I felt I had to put aside because I needed to concentrate on my job.

"In this league everybody can beat everybody else. You must concentrate on your own game and simply try to do your best."

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