Bradley checks in at Villa after agreeing loan move
31st Jan 2011
The 23-year-old midfield player from New Jersey, USA, underwent a medical today.
He will be available to play once international clearance and visa have been issued and the club will have an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.
"I am really excited to be joining Villa," Bradley said. "I am proud and thrilled and can't wait to get going now.
"Everyone can see that Villa is a big club, a fantastic club, with tradition and great supporters. Over the past few years Villa have made big strides and are trying to challenge at the very top of the Premier League. I am excited to be part of that and I am excited to be here.
"I want to play at the highest level and test myself in the biggest of games. Whether it's on Saturday against Fulham at Villa Park or the week after, I am excited to be here and ready to get going."
Bradley is the son of Bob Bradley, head coach of the US men's national soccer team. He has been capped 50 times for the USA having begun his career at New York MetroStars before he joined Heerenveen in the Dutch Eredivisie where he scored 16 goals in 57 appearances between 2006 and 2008.
In August 2008 he joined Borussia Monchengladbach and has scored 10 goals in 76 appearances in the German Bundesliga.
"I try to be a guy in the centre of midfield who imposes himself on the game and can get forward and get goals," Bradley added. "I try to win tackles and, defensively, make it really hard on the other team in the centre of the field. If you look at football nowadays every team needs guys who are in the centre of the field to win the battle in there. I will try to do everything I can to help the team be successful.
"Within the last week or so I heard that the manager [Gerard Houllier] was interested in bringing me here. From the moment I heard that, I was really excited and really just hoping that everything could get done.
"For me, the Premier League is the best league in the world. You watch a game in the Premier League and the speed of the game, the pace and the power all stand out. To have the opportunity to come here and test myself at the highest level, week in and week out, is incredible and to try to take the things I do as a player and make them count at the highest level - it's a great challenge."
Villa manager Gerard Houllier said: "Michael is is a very hard-working midfielder who can score goals and is versatile. I saw him play four times at the World Cup in South Africa. I saw him once on TV but four times at the games for the national team, so in terms of scouting you cannot say the work has not been done.
"We're pleased that he is here at Aston Villa."
Bradley will wear the number 13 shirt.
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