Saturday media watch [16.08.14 PM]: Keane/Sanchez in focus
Daily Express: Paul Lambert claims there is a less serious side to his Aston Villa assistant Roy Keane after identifying the Irishman as the unlikely joker in his Aston Villa pack. Keane arrived at Villa this summer as Lambert's No2 with a reputation as one of the game's most fearsome characters. After being a tough-tackling midfielder on the pitch, he has since gone on to be a tough talker as a pundit, as well as ruffling plenty of player's feathers as a manager. However, Lambert has dismissed Keane's fearsome image after revealing the ex-Manchester United skipper has lightened the mood around the Midlands club since his arrival.
Daily Star: Paul Lambert has revealed Roy Keane is the surprise joker in his Aston Villa pack. The Irishman arrived this summer at Villa Park as Lambert's new No.2 with a reputation as one of the game's most fearsome characters. Former Manchester United captain Keane was as hard as they come on the pitch and has been equally brutal as a manager and TV pundit. Yet Lambert has dismissed Keane's 'Mr Nasty' image and claims he has actually lightened the mood around the up-for-sale club since his arrival.
Daily Mirror: Paul Lambert said his Aston Villa assistant Roy Keane loves a "good laugh". Despite the former Manchester United enforcer's fearsome reputation, Lambert insists he has been the perfect solution to flagging spirits after last season ended with seven defeats in nine matches. Keane showed his light-hearted side by giving mascot 'Bella the Lion' a big hug when he sat on the bench at the Villa Park club's home ground for the first time in a 0-0 friendly draw with Parma. He has worked with players collectively and individually and given them tips from the touchline in pre-season games. Independent: Sir Alex Ferguson describes him in his autobiography as "an intimidating, ferocious individual" yet, according to Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert, Roy Keane is showing his lighter side as he helps to lift the grey clouds above Villa Park. If Keane's appointment last month as Lambert's assistant manager was an intriguing development, photographs of the Irishman grinning as he was embraced by Villa's lion mascot before the friendly with Parma last weekend raised even more eyebrows. Yet Lambert stressed that there was much more to Keane than his tough-guy image suggests.
Daily Star: Aston Villa have announced the signing of Colombia defensive midfielder Carlos Sanchez from Elche. Sanchez has joined, subject to international clearance, for an undisclosed fee on a four-year deal. The 28-year-old, nicknamed 'The Rock', played for his country at this summer's World Cup in Brazil. Sanchez, who played four times for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, had one season at Elche after joining from French side Valenciennes. He is Villa's fifth signing of a busy transfer window that manager Paul Lambert believes will help them better a disappointing 15th-place finish last term.
Daily Mirror: Aston Villa have completed the signing of Colombian international midfielder Carlos Sanchez. The 28-year-old enforcer has penned a four-year deal at Villa Park to become Paul Lambert's fifth summer addition. The fee involved is believed to be somewhere in the region of £1.5million. Lambert was believed to be very keen on Swansea's Ki Sung Yueng but was priced out forcing him to turn to the former Elche man. Sanchez becomes only the second significant cash buy at Villa Park this summer following the arrival of former Liverpool loanee Aly Cissokho from Valencia in a £2million deal earlier this month. They join Bosman signings Joe Cole and Philippe Senderos, while Kieran Richardson arrived from Fulham for a nominal fee.
FourFourTwo: Aston Villa have completed the signing of midfielder Carlos Sanchez from Elche on a four-year deal. The Colombia international joins Paul Lambert's side on the eve of their opening game of the Premier League season at Stoke City. Sanchez started all four games for his country in the World Cup in Brazil and moves to Villa Park after just one season in La Liga with Elche.
NBC Sports: Carlos Sanchez, one of Columbia's featured players in the 2014 World Cup, has signed a four-year deal with Aston Villa after the English club agreed on a £4 million transfer with the player's former team, Elche CF. Lions boss Paul Lambert has aimed to bolster his midfield this offseason, and when the Ki Sung-Yueng of Swansea City didn't end up moving to Villa Park, the 45-year-old looked elsewhere, Sanchez being their primary target. Lambert believes that the defensive midfielder will bring physicality and a straightforward, effective approach to his squad's play.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has tipped Carlos Sanchez to stamp his back-to-basics approach over Aston Villa's midfield and be a 'Rock' solid signing for the club. Lambert described it as a real coup for Villa after they snapped up the 28-year-old Colombia World Cup star, nicknamed 'The Rock', on a four-year deal. The Villa manager admitted the claret and blues have needed someone of his "ilk" in the centre of the park.
Birmingham Mail: Carlos Sanchez is determined to follow in the footsteps of Colombia compatriot Juan Pablo Angel by becoming a fans' favourite at Villa Park. Sanchez completed his move from Elche to Villa on a four-year deal and insisted it was a long-standing ambition to play in the Premier League. And the 28-year-old midfielder revealed he has had a soft spot for Villa ever since Angel was banging in goals in claret and blue.
Daily Telegraph: Randy Lerner has backed Paul Lambert with the funds to complete a £4.5 million deal for Carlos Sánchez, the Colombia midfielder. Sánchez has become the fifth signing of the summer for Aston Villa in what represents a statement of intent from Lerner, who has put the club up for sale. Lerner remains keen to sell up but has delivered on his promise to provide Lambert with cash for players, with Sánchez the biggest signing in nearly 12 months. The defensive midfielder, who played at the World Cup, leaves Spanish club Elche and is expected to make his Villa debut against Newcastle a week on Saturday.
Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa's squad is now full of 'men, not boys' - which means there will be no excuses from Paul Lambert this season. The manager reckons his team have evolved after two years of Premier League grounding and now they must show their worth. "They're not young anymore," said Lambert. "They've had two years here. You can't keep going for that excuse - you have to stand up and take it now. "You only get that excuse for so long. Jack Grealish is young, yes, but the rest are men now."
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