New Aston Villa signing Jhon Duran was in tears after receiving welcome from hero Juan Pablo Angel
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New Aston Villa striker Jhon Duran couldn't hold back the tears after receiving a personal welcome to the club from hero Juan Pablo Angel.
The 19-year-old arrives at Villa Park in an £18 million deal from MLS outfit Chicago Fire on a long-term contract. Villa confirmed the departure of Danny Ings for West Ham United last week and acted quickly to sign a replacement.
Duran is Unai Emery's second signing since taking charge in October, following full-back Alex Moreno from Real Betis.
Villa decided to bust out club legend and fellow Colombia international Angel to welcome Duran to the West Midlands. It got a bit too much for Duran, who watched the video while sitting in the stadium stands. Check it out below.
Duran was asked to look up to the screens inside Villa Park, which flashed up a pre-recorded video of Angel sitting inside what appears to be the dressing room.
Angel scored 62 goals in 205 appearances during six years in England, making him the third-most successful Villa striker in the Premier League era.
"Jhon, my brother," Angel remarks as he comes onto the screen. Duran then let out a massive smile as his eyes started to water.
Angel continued: "It's an enormous pleasure of mine to welcome you to your new home. There, where you're sitting now, in the Holte End, I have made some of the best memories of my career.
"Every time that I scored a goal, I saw the expression of happiness of each and every one of the fans. We, the fans of Aston Villa, like all the players who have some class.
"But we love those who play with passion, with tenacity, those who would bestow their last drop of sweat for this club."
He added: "You have all the technical abilities of a footballer to create a great legacy. Not only at the club, but the Premier League too. In all aspects at Aston Villa, I wish you the best of luck.
"From day one, the Aston Villa fans made me feel at home and they always showed me their warmth. I'm absolutely sure they will do the same for you. Welcome home my brother, here at Villa Park. Up the Villa!"
Duran then leaned back in his chair to compose himself. He closed his eyes, let out a huge smile then looked back to the camera.
Villa are currently 11th in the Premier League after a 1-0 win over basement side Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
Ollie Watkins' strike with 13 minutes to go was enough to extend the away side's unbeaten run in the league to four games. They return to action against Leicester City on February 4.
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