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Offcial: Douglas Luiz to Aston Villa

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Manchester City let another prodigy go, while Villa just keeps on spending!

Aston Villa’s official club website has confirmed the arrival of the now-former Manchester City wonderkid, Douglas Luiz.

The Brazilian midfielder arrives from Manchester City for a fee rumored to be around 15 million pounds.

He was named Player of the Tournament at this summer’s prestigious Toulon Tournament as part of the Brazil U21s team that won the competition.

He is a product of the Vasco Da Gama youth academy and only arrived at Manchester City 2017 on a five-year deal.

The player himself had plenty to say about his high hopes of producing the goods for his new team.

Luiz said: “I hope I can be a leader in the team.”

“I hope I can help by bringing the ball out from the back and, although I don’t speak a lot of English”

“I hope I can help out by shouting orders from the back and live up to all the expectations as best as I can.”

“I hope we have a great season and win a lot of games. Right now I’m confident in saying that, God willing, I can shine in the Premier League. So I hope I cannot just talk the talk but also walk the walk and that’s my main aim.”

“I came here to learn but, more than anything, to dream big and to be a leader on the pitch.”

That takes Aston Villa and manager Dean Smith’s spending spree this transfer window to over the 100 million pound mark. Their intentions of going all out to stay in the Premier League are loud and clear.

We must also ask the question have Manchester City let another potential future superstar slip through their fingers? Is splashing the cash on seasoned professionals a better fix than nurturing youth?

GIRONA, SPAIN – JANUARY 12: Douglas Luiz of Girona FC reacts during the La Liga match between Girona FC and Deportivo Alaves at Montilivi Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Girona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)