Manager: Aston Villa have signed a warrior and leader
By Tom Blackburn
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says Aston Villa have signed an iconic midfielder in Mile Jedinak.
It was announced by the club on Wednesday afternoon that that the Crystal Palace midfielder has made a switch from the Premier League to the Championship.
Pardew demoted the Australian from the role of Palace captain earlier this summer, but says Aston Villa will not be disappointed with their new signing.
“Mile was a captain and warrior of the highest order,” Pardew said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
“But I felt it was time for a change and probably that change was going to affect his playing time here and he needs to play, he’s not a sub, he’s not a squad player.
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“He is an iconic player, a massive figure and he will be a great signing for Aston Villa.”
Jedinak, 32 was a firm fan favourite at Selhurst Park, with the Australian captaining the London club to promotion in the 2012-13 season.
The combative midfielder was named the club’s player of the year as they beat Watford in the Championship play-off final.
Australian Jedinak has 64 international caps to his name, with the former Palace man having captained his home country in the 2015 Asia cup.
The latest recruit means Roberto Di Matteo has made six summer signings, including three former leaders, with Ross McCormack, Tommy Elphick and Jedinak having worn the captain’s armband at their previous clubs.
In other Aston Villa news, they identify £8million-rated prolific striker as alternative to Patrick Bamford.