Villa in Portugal: Bjarnason - This is my time to shine
Birkir Bjarnason says now is the time for him to shine as he looks to get his claret and blue career up and running again.
Bjarnason, a January signing, missed the closing months of the previous campaign with a knee injury.
He rehabbed over the summer and has played a full part in the pre-season training camp here in Portugal.
The Icelandic star, nicknamed Thor, is now determined to make a big impact for Steve Bruce’s men.
He told us: “When I joined, I managed to get into the team and I felt good. It was so disappointing to get injured.
“The staff at Villa were great and actually they got me back quite quickly. I kept positive.
“It’s a new start for me this season. I think it’s going to be very good.
“I feel very well now. I had a good rest over the summer but also managed to get a game in too with the national team. I feel really good.
“The training camp in Portugal has been very good. The weather has been superb, the facilities are great and training has been intense and hard – but we need that to get fit for the season.
“It’s good to get started now for me. The fans can expect a hard-working midfielder, I like to get in the box and I like to score goals. I feel I can offer all kinds of things.”