New Delhi,UPDATED: 23 Jul 2023 10:06 IST
By India Today Sports Desk: Aston Villa have made a club record signing by bringing in France winger Moussa Diaby from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. Diaby joins Villa for a club record fee of €60m.
A product of the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) academy, Diaby has been making waves in the world of football with his outstanding performance and unique style of play. His journey from PSG to Bayer Leverkusen, and now Aston Villa, is a testament to his talent and determination. During his time at Leverkusen, Diaby recorded an impressive tally of 49 goals and 48 assists in 173 games, a feat that certainly caught the eye of Aston Villa.
The 24-year-old France international was identified as the number one attacking target of the summer by Unai Emery, who took over as Villa manager last November. Interestingly, Emery’s association with Diaby dates back to his time at PSG, where Emery served as first-team coach while Diaby progressed through the youth ranks.
Diaby’s move to Aston Villa isn’t just about the record fee; it also signifies the club’s ambition to strengthen its squad and compete at the highest level. Aston Villa, who finished seventh in the Premier League last season under Emery, are preparing for next season’s Europa Conference League. With the addition of Diaby, the team is expected to add more firepower and European experience to their line-up.
Diaby’s move to Aston Villa also marks the end of his fruitful journey with Bayer Leverkusen. Reflecting on his time at Leverkusen, Diaby expressed gratitude for the trust and playing time he received, which he believes played a crucial role in shaping him as a player. He is now looking forward to starting a new chapter with Aston Villa and contributing to the team’s success.
Diaby’s record signing from Aston Villa follows the arrival of Spanish centre-back Pau Torres for £35m and Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans on a free transfer, further strengthening the squad’s line-up. As Diaby joins his new team-mates on Villa’s pre-season tour of the United States, football fans and enthusiasts around the world will be anxiously waiting to see the impact of this record transfer on the club’s performance next season.