He said to the BBC: "I am the happiest man in the world," he said. "It's one of my greatest days in football. "My dream was to play for a big team in England - and Aston Villa is undoubtedly one of the greats in English football". A "big team" Aston Villa haven't done anything in football since the early 1980s. This past year they barely escaped relegation. Meanwhile, Shaun Wright-Phillips (36 caps for England!) is off to the New York Red Bulls. Their crosstown rivals, NYC FC, have to make do with David Villa and Andrea Pirlo.