Bacuna: I can't wait to be part of Villa's "new generation"
Leandro Bacuna can't wait for the start of pre-season training on Monday as he looks to form an important part of Villa's "new generation."
Bacuna recognises the work done by boss Paul Lambert to create a young, emerging team which is striving to improve.
Lambert has snapped up Jores Okore, Antonio Luna, Aleksandar Tonev and Niklas Helenius too as he aims to build on the progress made in his first term in charge.
Bacuna wants to be part of that exciting set-up and stresses that he will fight with everything he's got to be a success in claret and blue.
He said: "It's a new beginning for me. It's a new step for me. I'm looking forward to being part of this young, hungry team we have at Villa.
"The manager is trying to create a new generation, to build something here and improve us all as players. He wants the guys to go out there and show what they can do. I'm up for the challenge.
"For every player who's coming in, it's good to find themselves in a team and an environment such as this.
"We will get the opportunity to show that we want to play and what we can do. We need to show the manager what we can do. You have to show the very best of yourself. That's what I will be looking to do.
"I'm fully focused to show myself at my new club. My mentality is that you start at the bottom and you prove yourself. This is what I intend to do."
Bacuna is relishing meeting his new team-mates - and beginning life in the Barclays Premier League which he says is "the top level."
He added: "I can't wait to get started because it's a good group of players here - nice guys. I'm looking forward to meeting all of them and starting this new journey together.
"In training, I will do my very best every day. I will go out there and try to show what I can do.
"I want to develop a good bond with the fans too. I fight. I always fight for the team. If you do that, you get a lot of supporters behind you. That's a huge thing.
"I can't wait to get started in the Premier League. It's a high standard and it will be really good to be part of it.
"It's another level. The Premier League is the very top. Everyone wants to play in it. This is a nice time to join it. I can't wait to get started."
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