What Diego Carlos is doing at Bodymoor Heath as Steven Gerrard explains Aston Villa transfer call

what diego carlos is doing at bodymoor heath as steven gerrard explains aston villa transfer call

Aston Villa’s Diego Carlos will make his Villa Park debut against Everton

Summer signing Diego Carlos is doing extras at Bodymoor Heath as he bids to make a strong start to his Aston Villa career. The Brazilian is currently arriving an hour before training every single morning to take part in English lessons as he looks to crack a FOURTH language given he already speaks Spanish, Portuguese and French.

“He’s having English lessons every day,” head coach Steven Gerrard told us. “He comes in an hour before everyone else so he’s working extremely hard to improve in that department.

“He’s not fluent but he’s fluent in three or four languages which normally means you can pick it up pretty quickly. The positive thing is that he’s putting the time in. Most days, he’s in and he has his translator and his teacher. He’s really looking to improve.”

Carlos, 29, was named as a vice-captain by Gerrard just weeks after arriving from Sevilla for £26 million. He’s now part of an ever-growing South American contingent at Villa and spends a lot of time with fellow countrymen Philippe Coutinho and Douglas Luiz as well as Villa’s two Argentinians, Emi Buendia and Emi Martinez.

It was a tough debut for Carlos last weekend against Bournemouth while, today, the defender will come up against a man Villa could have signed in his place earlier this summer, James Tarkowski. It’s been well documented that Gerrard spoke with the ex-Burnley man about a move to Villa Park and even visited his house but, in the end, the manager preferred Carlos’ credentials given his success and pedigree in Europe.

“Look, they’re both top centre-halves,” Gerrard said of Carlos and Tarkowski. “James has proved at Premier League level that he can play at this level. He’s a top defender and you can understand why Everton required his services.

“He was someone we analysed closely and we went in a different direction and we’re really happy with the business we’ve done. Diego speaks for himself in terms of what he’s done in the game so far.”

On a potential adaptation risk involving Carlos given it’s his first season in England, Gerrard replied: “Will there be a settling in period and an adaptation for him personally? I’m sure there is and there is with every player but the more he plays the quicker he’ll adapt and the quicker he’ll pick it up.

“Nothing has stood out or nothing has popped up thinking… It’s the complete opposite. I’m thinking he’s got all of the attributes and the leadership skills to be a top centre-half in this league and I’m delighted to have him with us.”

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