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Aston Villa sign US midfielder Michael Bradley on loan

Michael Bradley

Bradley scores for United States against Slovenia at World Cup (UK users only)

Aston Villa have signed Michael Bradley on loan from Borussia Moenchengladbach until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old midfielder has passed a medical and should be available to play once he has been given a visa and international clearance.

Villa say they have an option to make the United States international's move permanent at the end of the season.

Manager Gerard Houllier said: "Michael is is a very hard-working midfielder who can score goals and is versatile."

Bradley joined Moenchengladbach in August 2008 and scored 10 goals in 76 appearances in the German Bundesliga.

He has 50 international caps and played against England at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Houllier added: "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."

Bradley's first club in European football was Dutch side Heerenveen, who he joined from Major League Soccer outfit Metrostars in January 2006.


He established himself in the centre of the club's midfield after the retirement of Paul Bosveldt and was linked with Blackburn, West Ham, Middlesbrough and Sunderland before moving to Germany in the summer of 2008.

Bradley - whose father the US coach Bob Bradley was linked to the manager's job at Villa this summer - often plays as a defensive shield for the US but can also operate in a more advanced position.

After signing for Villa, Michael Bradley said he was excited by the test that awaited him.

"I am really excited to be joining Villa," he said. "I am proud and thrilled and can't wait to get going now.

"Everyone can see that Aston 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 also revealed that he has taken inspiration from Roy Keane as he looks to make his mark as a combative midfielder for the Villains.

"I have watched all sorts of games from when I was little and watched midfielders obviously," he said.

"The one I looked up to was Roy Keane and the job he did at Manchester United. The way he was able to be the engine and heart of their team and help them be successful was something to aspire to."

He also revealed that the pace of the Premier League was something that attracted him to leave Germany.

"You watch the Premier League games and right away the speed and power of the game comes across. That's what sets the Premier League apart from any other in the world.

"To be part of that and be here and test myself in that environment, will be great. In each step along the way I have tried to improve myself as a player, take something each day into the matches and work hard.

"Now I have to take the experience I have gained along the way and use it as I get going in England," he added.

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