Highly rated Danish international Jores Okore has completed his move from FC Nordsjaelland to Aston Villa.
The 20 year old defender completed a medical today and signed a four year deal.
Paul Lambert has stated that the player has the potential to make a ‘major impact’ not only at Aston Villa but in the Premiership.
Okore who has represented Denmark on seven occasions turned down a move to Europa League champions Chelsea in January stating he would rather play football than sit on the bench as the reason for turning them down.
One thing is is worth noting when Jores talked about his move to Villa he refers to them as ‘we’ and ‘our’:
We’re a young team and we played some really good football over the second half of last season which is something we want to build on now as players, as a team and as a club
I know there is great potential in the team. I have watched many of our games because the Premier League is very popular back in Denmark.
I know also that we have a good coach and this is a really good club. This is the right club for me, I feel it straight away.
We have a lot to show and we have a long way to go. We want to get to an even higher level of performance and show people who we are, that we can be a really good team. The manager is determined to develop us and to help us become better players, proving to people that we can become a top team. We can get some exciting things going here.
I’m really excited and I’m looking forward to seeing my new teammates and getting together with them to train and get prepared to play some Premier League games.
I’m happy to be wearing the shirt and I feel like I’m looking really good in it – it feels very comfortable. I’m looking forward to us going out next season, performing as a team and showing our potential.
We have good players all around. It’s going to be tough but I really hope I can go in and show myself and be a big part of the team. I want to bring something new to our game and really help the team into a new era. That’s what I hope to do.
If I was to describe myself, I think I’m a big, strong defender with good pace. Obviously, my priority is to be a really good defensive player but I think I can bring something to our game offensively, too, and maybe start some attacks. But the foremost thing will be to defend well and after that think about whatever else I may be able to contribute.
We have players who have experience of the Premier League and hopefully I can also bring something from my experience in the Champions League. I’m looking forward to playing with my new team-mates.
It’s going to be exciting to play in a stadium like Villa Park and I’m looking forward to that. The atmosphere, I can tell, is incredible and I know the fans here are very passionate. This is an historic football club and I’m delighted to be a part of it now.
It was really nice to hear some very nice comments from [former Villa and Danish international defender] Martin Laursen. It means a lot. I hope I can bring what he brought to the team and some of my own style as well. Martin was a great player for this club and I don’t want to build it up too much. I have to come in and work hard and that’s what I intend to do. I have a really good coach who will help me to perform my role, to be a leader in the squad, to take responsibility and perform well.
Statement taken from avfc.co.uk