Martin Laursen says when he first saw Villa Park before he agreed to join he thought: “This feels right”.
Laursen was talking to us as part of our Season Ticket 2019/20 Early Bird campaign to highlight the importance of the claret and blue faithful in inspiring the players.
The colossal former defender is in no doubt of their role – and what it meant to him personally to have the fans cheering him on.
He told us: “I came here to Villa Park and I had to decide if I wanted to come here. I did have some other possibilities.
“But when I arrived here, I had the feeling ‘this feels right and I want to play here.’
“The Aston Villa fans are great and the players can feel that on the pitch. The support for me has always been incredible.
“I remember them signing ‘What’s that coming out defence? It’s Martin Laursen’. That happened every time we had a free-kick or corner. That made me proud and happy.”
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You’ll be hearing much more from Martin Laursen this summer as he features as part of our ‘Icons’ video series on YouTube – look out for that!