New signing Philippe Senderos has spoken of his delight at joining up with Villa for the first time during the tour of Texas.
Senderos is in the 26-man party - along with fellow new recruits Kieran Richardson and Joe Cole - and he's thrilled to be with the claret and blues as they gear up for the 2014-15 campaign.
"It feels great to have joined up with the squad and I'm genuinely looking forward to the challenge ahead," Senderos said.
"Being out here in the United States will definitely benefit us as a group and it will be an opportunity for myself and the two other players who have just come to Villa, Joe Cole and Kieran Richardson, to get to know our new team-mates much better.
"The climate will be warm and conditions perfect for training and the competition from the two MLS teams we're playing will be really good as they're in the middle of their season.
"I've had a break following the World Cup, which was something fantastic to be involved in, and I'm really excited about the season ahead."
In other news, Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak have also joined the squad in the US while continuing their recovery and rehab from an achilles injury and a broken leg respectively.
Texas Tour squad in full: Brad Guzan, Jed Steer, Shay Given, Matt Lowton, Alan Hutton, Jores Okore, Ciaran Clark, Philippe Senderos, Nathan Baker, Chris Herd, Joe Bennett, Kieran Richardson, Enda Stevens, Fabian Delph, Ashley Westwood, Karim El Ahmadi, Leandro Bacuna, Gary Gardner, Charles N'Zogbia, Joe Cole, Jack Grealish, Andi Weimann, Gabby Agbonlahor, Christian Benteke, Darren Bent, Libor Kozak.
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