Aston Villa have officially announced the signing of Diego Carlos from Sevilla, with the defender signing a four-year deal with the club.
The 29-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee, as per the club’s official site, and becomes VIlla’s third signing of the summer transfer window following deals for Philippe Coutinho and Boubacar Kamara.
Carlos has enjoyed spells in Portugal, France and Spain, most recently with Sevilla in La Liga, establishing himself as a solid and reliable figure in their backline as they boasted the best defensive record in the Spanish top flight last season.
He’ll now hope to establish himself as a fundamental figure in Steven Gerrard’s side moving forward, adding much-needed physicality, aggression and composure on the ball to the Villa defence.
In another showing of support to back Gerrard this summer, Villa continue to strengthen the side in key areas, particularly the spine of it, which was identified as a weak point last season as Gerrard himself spoke last month about how that was where he was hoping to bring in support for the current group.
Time will tell what the impact of these arrivals is on those already in the starting XI, but ultimately Villa continue to add real quality and that can only help us compete at a higher level moving forward.
What Diego Carlos said about Villa move
“I am very happy,” he told VillaTV. “I’m very happy, not only me, but my family and my kids.
“It’s something we were really waiting for and we really wanted to do this negotiation. Now that we’re here, we are really happy. We are really looking forward to it.
“I’m a person who always looks for, and wants to achieve something more. Since I spoke to the club and my agent, we knew the objectives of the club. We know where we want to get to and that’s something that made me excited to come here.”
“From the point I start wearing this shirt, I’m going to fight to the max. And I’m going to give it 100%.
“Yes, I know him, Douglas Luiz, from the Olympic Games. The two of us had the pleasure of winning the gold medal together.
“And, Philippe Coutinho – in fact, (on Thursday) I spoke to him on the phone, he congratulated me on being here and being with him.
“I’m really happy about this, the two players are fantastic and, as I’ve said, when I see them we can start working together. Coutinho, he is a phenomenon and a great footballer. To share the pitch with him, share the game with him, I think it will be fantastic.”