Villa sign Bulgarian winger Tonev
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Aston Villa signed Bulgaria winger Aleksandar Tonev from Polish club Lech Poznan. Tonev agreed terms with the Premier League side after passing a medical and he will officially complete his switch to Villa Park once the final paperwork is filed next week.

It has been reported that Villa will pay around £2.5m for the 23-year-old.

"I am really happy to be part of Aston Villa and I am really proud to be able to pull the shirt on," Tonev said. "Aston Villa is a big club and the manager and club have a belief in young players and in the team ethic.

"Football is not about the individuals. It's a team sport and all successful teams play well together. I want to show everybody what I can really do. I have played in front of big crowds before but the atmosphere here in England is unique.

I have played in front of big crowds before but the atmosphere here in England is unique
Aleksandar Tonev, Aston Villa winger

"I can't wait to start and to meet my team-mates and the manager. When I heard about Aston Villa, I thought about playing in the Premier League for such a big club. I wasn't thinking about anything else."

On his international debut in October 2011 against Wales, Tonev lined up alongside recently-retired Villa legend Stiliyan Petrov.

"Stiliyan and Dimitar Berbatov have done really well in this league. They are both great Bulgarian players. Hopefully, I can do the same and make my mark on the Premier League.

"I have played in front of big crowds before but the atmosphere here in England is unique. The crowd is like a 12th player for the team."

Tonev scored a hat-trick, his first goals for his national side, in a 6-0 rout over Malta in FIFA World Cup™ qualifying earlier this year.