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Sanchez relishing Keane's influence

By Robert Jones

Carlos Sanchez believes Roy Keane can help turn him into a Barclays Premier League force with Aston Villa.

The midfielder has signed a four-year contract at the claret and blues after making the switch from Spanish side Elche and could make his Premier League debut at home to Newcastle on Saturday.

Sanchez, who has 44 international caps, impressed in Colombia's run to the World Cup quarter-finals, where they lost 2-1 to hosts Brazil in July.

He started training with his new team-mates yesterday and insisted that working with Villa number two and former Manchester United star Keane will only improve him.

"Yes of course. He was a big player and I've seen him play," Sanchez said.

"I've always wanted to play in England. I had a few opportunities but when I had the opportunity to come here I had no doubts. The most important thing was that the manager wanted me here.

"I've got lots of things that I want to do, it's a big club. I'm sure I can progress here."

The 28-year-old also revealed former Villa and Colombia striker Juan Pablo Angel and Fulham's Hugo Rodallega convinced him to make the switch to England.

He said: "I spoke with Juan Pablo. He said I absolutely had to come and had no doubts. I spoke with Hugo, too, who said come.

"I can't do the same as Juan Pablo because we play in different positions, but he is an inspiration, nonetheless."

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