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Ex-Aston Villa striker switched clubs at A-League

Wed 25 November 2020 | 12:16

Previous Aston Villa forward Rudy Gestede has finished the paperwork for the Australian side Melbourne Victory in the wake of concurring an arrangement until the finish of the season with the club.

The 32-year-old has been keeping watch for another club since his contract expiration at

Middlesbrough

last season. 

Gestede became undesirable at the Riverside Stadium and battled with injuries last season, playing 20 times for the club in the season. 

The Benin international went through a year and a half at Villa Park, showing up and netting 10 goals, with five of them in the

Premier League

Talking in the wake of getting paperwork done for Melbourne, the Frenchman uncovered his purposes behind picking the club. 

“The club has been very successful in the past, they have great facilities and I can’t wait to meet up with my new teammates and start putting in the hard work,” he told the club’s official website.

“I’m really looking forward to moving to Melbourne, playing in front of the members and fans and helping the club work its way back up the table.”

Melbourne Victory

head manager, Grant Brebner, likewise uncovered his enjoyment at recruiting Gestede. 

“It’s fantastic to have Rudy join our squad for the upcoming season,” Brebner said.

“Rudy has played and performed in the toughest club competition in the world, so he will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our squad. He will bring a big presence for us up forward, is extremely athletic, very creative and will complement our attacking stocks.

“We look forward to Rudy putting in the hard work over the coming weeks so he’s ready to go once the season starts on December 27.”

Gestede left Middlesbrough after his hesitance to negotiate a renewal until the finish of the tournaments at the club and was set free in June. 

The striker moved to Boro from Aston Villa in January 2017 for an expense of £6 million.


source: SportMob