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Last Updated: Friday, 8 August, 2003, 16:33 GMT 17:33 UK
Sorensen joins Villa
Thomas Sorensen
I always thought - even in my days back in Denmark - that Aston Villa was a good club
Thomas Sorensen

Aston Villa have completed the signing of goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen from Sunderland on a three-year contract.

The two clubs agreed a 2.25m fee last month and the transfer went through when the Dane passed his medical at Villa Park on Friday.

Sorensen follows former team-mate Gavin McCann by quitting the Black Cats to move to the Midlands.

New Villa boss David O'Leary has been hunting for a new goalkeeper since taking the reins at Villa Park, having initially failed in a bid to sign Paul Robinson from Leeds.

That search is now at an end, and he will have Sorensen available to him for the first game of the Premiership season.

Sorensen told the club's official website: "I'm really looking forward to it. This is a big move for me.

"I was looking for a new challenge and I always thought - even in my days back in Denmark - that Aston Villa was a good club.

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"It was very important for me to remain in the Premiership. I feel I belong at the highest level.

"Obviously it was sad what happened at Sunderland, but I'm looking to improve all the time and I needed to be playing on a bigger stage.

"I think there's a very, very talented squad here and a good manager.

"And it will be nice to see Gavin. I've heard that he's done really well in his first couple of games but that's no surprise as he's a good player."



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