By Amir Mir

Albert Adomah has revealed he was impressed by Aston Villa when his former club Middlesbrough played the Midlands giants in a pre-season friendly in July at Villa Park.

Adomah, 28 signed for the Championship side for £5million on deadline day to become Roberto Di Matteo’s ninth summer signing.

The winger played 90 minutes in the pre-season friendly and he helped his former side beat Villa 3-1.

“I played against Villa in pre-season,” Adomah told the club’s official website. “Straight away when we walked in, I thought ‘wow, Villa is a massive club.’

“It’s one of the best pitches I’ve seen. It’s like a carpet. I’m so very pleased to sign. I was like a child. I couldn’t sleep the night before I joined.”

The winger has revealed he spoke with manager Roberto Di Matteo and owner Tony Xia prior to signing and explains what plans the duo have ahead for the club.

“I’m so happy to be here,” said Adomah. “I met the gaffer and the chief executive. They speak highly of the project going forward which is to build a team and take the team forward.”

Adomah will look to help Di Matteo’s side push for instant promotion back to the Premier League. The club has had a stuttering start to life in the Championship to date, with just one win so far this season.

The Ghana international has revealed he’s looking forward to linking up with international teammate Jordan Ayew and promotion-winning Boro Ritchie De Laet in the coming weeks.

“I want to crack on, start training with my team-mates and getting to know them – I can’t wait,” said Adomah.

“Ritchie De Laet is new as well. I’ve played with him and it’ll be the same with Jordan [Ayew], they’ll show me the ropes and make me feel at home.

“I have another friend here and I’m sure I’ll make many more. I aim to train well and hopefully help the team. I hope my hard work will pay off and help the team get promoted as well.”

Adomah will be hoping to make his Villa Park bow for Di Matteo’s side against Nottingham Forest on September 11.

In other Aston Villa team news, the club has been given a boost after this key player is set to miss the Africa Cup of Nations.