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Quoted: Bent on Price-Tag Pressure, Carroll and Torres

On Joining Villa

“It’s been really, really good. My form feels as if it’s going really well. I got an opportunity for England and managed to play 90 minutes which is something I’ve not done before.

“As far as my move to Villa goes, everything seems positive at the moment. I definitely made the right decision.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute since I’ve been here. I’ve settled in really quickly. The team has been playing well.

“When you join a new club, you need the fans to get right behind you from the start – and the Villa supporters have certainly done that.

“It’s been great to get amongst the goals too. When you join a new club, it’s always important as a goalscorer to get off the mark.

On Price-Tag Pressure

“It definitely does add pressure. Obviously for me it is pressure I have dealt with before because I went to Spurs for big money. But I think my transfer fee has obviously now been eclipsed.

“A lot of people seem to have forgotten about my transfer now so I’ve just got on with it! I’ve enjoyed every minute since I’ve been here. I definitely made the right decision.”

On Carroll and Torres Transfers

“It was mad!

“More so because of Andy Carroll’s transfer to Liverpool because he has played half a season in the Premier League and he’s gone for £35m, so it is a bit crazy.

“Someone like Fernando Torres is proven in the Premier League and in my opinion is the best striker in the country, and if he goes for £50m you kind of think fair enough.

“It was a bit crazy but it is the way the game is going at the moment – the money is going up and the stakes are getting raised.

“People have got to do what they’ve got to do to get players in and get results.”

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