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OFFICIAL: Gerrard takes on his new position at Aston Villa

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Steven Gerrard officially completed his comeback to the Premier League as Aston Villa made an announcement of his arrival.

Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard has officially completed his signing for his new club Aston Villa as a replacement for Dean Smith.

Following last week’s defeat to Southampton in the Premier League, the Villans rolled the dice quickly to find another worthy tactician.

Reports suggested that Belgium boss Roberto Marinez was also linked to making a move to England. But in the end, Gerrard has stepped up at Villa Park with a brand new two-and-a-half-year agreement.

Gerrard told Aston Villa’s official site after leaving Rangers: “Aston Villa has a rich history and tradition in English football and I am immensely proud to become its new head coach.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everybody associated with Glasgow Rangers for giving me the opportunity to manage such an iconic football club.

“Helping them secure a record-breaking 55th league title will always hold a special place in my heart. I would like to wish the players, staff and supporters the very best for the future.”

Villa chief Christian Purslow told of the Liverpool legend: “It has been very clear in our discussions with him that Steven’s coaching ambitions, philosophy and values entirely match those of Aston Villa.

“We are excited he has agreed to lead us in the next phase of our ambitious plans. As we look to build on the progress made since Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens took over the club in 2018.”

Moreover, Rangers also announced the departure of Gerrard by saying: “Gerrard moves to the Midlands having played a key role in the significant growth of the Light Blues in numerous areas during his three-and-a-half years at Ibrox.

“Rangers now has an outstanding, highly competitive playing squad which is capable of both winning and entertaining on all fronts. With the highest of standards now also prevalent throughout the football department.

“Rangers Football Club would like to put on record their thanks to Steven and his staff. And wish them every success in the future. They will always be welcome at Ibrox.”