Spanish La Liga club Valencia has sold Spanish Under-21 international midfielder Carles Gil to Aston Villa of the English Premier League in the current January transfer window. The struggling Birmingham-based English side, which is just three points above the relegation zone, then announced that Gil had agreed to terms on a 4.5 year contract. Gil had made eight league appearances with Valencia in the 2014/15 season and had one goal. The financial terms of his Aston Villa contract were undisclosed, but he’s set to remain at Villa Park until June of 2019.

The 22-year-old Gil said he’s looking forward to a new challenge with Villa in the Premier League and is anxious to play his first match as soon as he possibly can. Gil told the media, “Once I knew that this club was interested in me I wanted to join. I am really looking forward to playing here and showing the fans what I can do. I can play on either side or in the middle of midfield and I like playing as part of the team, making things happen for my teammates.”

Gil’s play with Valencia this season impressed Villa manager Paul Lambert and he’s hoping the youngster’s creativity can jumpstart his woeful team. Thirteenth-place Villa has managed to score just 11 goals in their 21 league matches this term, which is the lowest total of the 92 professional football clubs in England. Lambert stated, “We’ve been on the lookout for a creative player and Carles Gil will certainly bring that extra element to the side.

Lambert went on to say, “He’s only 22 years of age but he will come here and give us something I don’t think we have at the moment. He can play either role, coming in off the sides or playing in behind as well. He can create chances and get those chances put away. He has a lot to offer and I know we can get the best out of him.”