Liverpool loanee Tiago Ilori has said he is 'relieved' to have joined Aston Villa on loan, and finally have the chance to test himself in the Premier League.
The Portuguese defender moved to the Anfield club in 2013, for £7 million, but has failed to make an appearance, in any competition, under Brendan Rodgers.
After a frustrating spell on Merseyside, that saw him loaned out twice, the 22-year-old will be hoping he can revive his career under Tim Sherwood.
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Liverpool received a £1m loan fee for Ilori and the Villa Park club have the option to buy the centre-back, for between £6m and £9m, depending on the number of appearances he makes in the claret and blue.
Speaking to AVTV, Ilori said he was relieved to have been given such an opportunity, he said: “It was all last-minute so I'm relieved that I had such a good option and I'm very happy to be here.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the Premier League and that’s why I signed for Liverpool in the first place.
“I know about Tim Sherwood especially, he has a reputation of grooming young players and that’s one of the main reasons why I'm excited to be working with him.”
Brendan Rodgers has made some poor signings during his tenure at Liverpool and Ilori will be considered amongst them.
To spend £7m on a player and then loaning him out three times, without giving him the chance to impress, is a strange move by the Northern Irish boss.
The 22-year-old could yet play his way into contention during his time at Villa, but it seems unlikely he will be given a chance by Rodgers.