Jan Bednarek planning on teaching Matty Cash Polish after arriving at Aston Villa on loan

Aston Villa announced the signing of Jan Bednarek on a season-long loan from Southampton as the transfer window shut.

The Poland defender had also been linked with West Ham, but Steven Gerrard won the race for his signature.

The Polish international played 153 times for Southampton in a five year stint at the club

"I'm happy, excited and looking forward to a new adventure for me," Bednarek told the club's official website.

"It's a great opportunity for me and another great step. It's really important for me to move to a bigger club and to improve as a player, and Villa is the best place for me to do that."

"It's a massive club in England. Coming from Poland, I wasn't aware how big Villa is.

"I think the fans are amazing, the stadium's amazing and also the training ground. I'm really happy to be joining this club."

"I think I'm the one he (Cash) needs to help teach him Polish for when he comes with the national team," Bednarek joked.

"I know Matty very well and Danny Ings, who I used to play with at Southampton, so I think I'll be accommodated very quickly here."

The centre-back is very familiar with Villa Park from his time in the Premier League.

He added: "It was a tough place to come whenever I played there with Southampton.

"It was always a great atmosphere and it's a great stadium, so I'm looking forward to playing in front of our fans and winning games to make them happy."

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