The Zimbabwe senior men’s national football team, the Warrior’s midfielder Marvelous Nakamba has been unveiled as the 12th signing of the season by the English Premiership Club Aston Villa after penning a 5 year deal.
The midfielder joined the club today as he arrived from Club Brugge.
Nakamba wore the widest smile as he spoke about playing in the claret and blue, stressing: “I feel fantastic and I am happy to be here”.
He has always wanted to test himself in the English Premier League and now he has the chance after being signed by Dean Smith ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
Speaking after signing a 5 year deal, Nakamba was elated to be at Villa Park and fulfilling a childhood dream of plying his trade in the English Premier Soccer League, one of the toughest leagues in Europe.
He told Club TV: “For me to be here, I feel fantastic. I feel happy and I feel happy to be here. I’m looking forward to playing in the Premier League and against the best players in the world in the Premier League. It’s the best league in the world. It’s always been a dream for me to play in the Premier League and to be competing against the best players in the world. I will be trying my best, of course and I will give everything. I give everything for the team every time. That’s who I am. I fight for the team. I care about helping the team. You will see that,” he said.
The 24-year-old midfielder joins the club for an undisclosed fee though it is believed to be over £11 million pounds.
Nakamba started his career in his homeland of Zimbabwe before getting his first taste of European football with Nancy in France.
He has since gone on to play for Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands and Club Brugge in Belgium, playing Champions League football with the latter.
On the international stage he represented the Warriors at the recent African Cup of Nations played in Egypt.
Head Coach Dean Smith said: “Marvelous fits the criteria of the type of player we were looking for”.
Smith added Nakamba is very mobile, very good in possession and he will fit in with his style of play.
Nakamba follows in the footsteps of countrymen, Benjani Mwaruwari, Peter Ndlovu and Bruce Grobbelaar who once plied their trade in the English Premiership.