The news that all Aston Villa fans have been waiting for, Douglas Luiz has been granted his VISA to work in the United Kingdom.
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Finally, the news that Aston Villa fans across the globe have been waiting for has broken this evening – that Douglas Luiz has been granted his VISA to work in the United Kingdom – meaning he is as of today a full Aston Villa player.
In fact, according to Globoesporte, he’s been an Aston Villa player fully for the last twenty-four hours, as he was given his right-to-work on Monday.
‘Fully’, before we continue, is in regards to Aston Villa’s signing statement of ‘pending international clearance’.
The Brazilian midfielder has been waiting in Rio de Janeiro and training with his team ahead of the move to Birmingham, and he has even stated that he feels he could play for 45 minutes against Tottenham, but it is unlikely that he will feature for a few weeks due to the relationship-building and tactical teaching that he has missed. He has not been following any specific guidance from Aston Villa – perhaps a mistake on the clubs part.
To put things into perspective regarding the delay with Luiz’s signing – the former Manchester City man had his medical and met with Dean Smith, Richard O’Kelly and John Terry in Minnesota – but was unable to train with the squad and shortly returned back home to Brazil.
Whilst we might not get to see Douglas Luiz just yet as he gets acquainted with Smith’s style of play and the squad, he’s certainly an exciting prospect for the season ahead.
Douglas became the second Brazilian player to sign for Aston Villa in history, and this transfer window, following in the footsteps of Wesley Moraes.