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Aston Villa signs midfielder Carlos Sanchez to four-year deal

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Aston Villa announced Friday that it has signed Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez to a four-year deal from Spanish club Elche.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"I'm delighted to be here, it's something I have always dreamed of and it is very important for me to be here at Aston Villa, not only for me but for my family as well," Sanchez said.

Sanchez, 28, spent six seasons with French Club Valenciennes before signing with Elche last summer.

Sanchez made four starts at this summer's World Cup for Colombia, who reached the quarterfinals.

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Aston Villa's other signings this summer include defender Philippe Senderos, midfielder Joe Cole and midfielder/defender Kieran Richardson.

The English club opens its 2014-15 Premier League season Saturday at Stoke City.

"Carlos is a very experienced professional who played a prominent role in a Colombian team which captured everyone's imagination at this summer's World Cup in Brazil. He's a great coup for Villa," said manager Paul Lambert.

"He does the simple things really well and he's excellent at spotting the danger, dealing with it and keeping it simple. 

"We've beaten other teams to bring him here to Villa and I'm delighted as we needed someone of his ilk to come in."

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