Football - El Ahmadi ready to battle

Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi will relish the competition provided by manager Paul Lambert's transfer deadline-day signing Yacouba Sylla.

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Sylla completed a £1.7 million move from Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot and made his Villa debut as a second-half substitute against Everton at Goodison Park at the weekend.

El Ahmadi made his return to the side in the 3-3 draw after being on African Nations Cup duty with Morocco and will thrive on the battle for a spot in the team.

He said: "It will be good for the team to have that competition. I think the new signings are players we need at this moment in time.

"Yacouba is a good player and what we need.

"From what I've seen so far in training, he is a very good player. He's a strong guy and that is something we need."

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