Lambert pleased to have Cole at Villa

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has stated his delight at capturing Joe Cole.

Cole, aged 32 joined Villa on a free after his West Ham deal had expired.

And Villa boss Lambert has said that he is happy to have such a quality player.

Joe’s not in it for the money, he simply wants to play and prove that he’s still a top professional in the Barclays Premier League, which he’s always been.

“He’ll thrive on the responsibility here. He’s someone who has always stepped up to the plate. That’s inherent in his character and he’s the type of character we need.

“I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring him in to join the group. He’ll enhance the group and he’ll bring out a lot from players around him because he’ll demand that.

By Ben Reardon

@BenReardon1

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