Carlos Cuéllar - Club Career - Aston Villa

Aston Villa

On 12 August 2008, English Premier League side Aston Villa signed Cuéllar in a deal worth £7.8 million on a four-year contract. Villa's offer had triggered a release-clause in Cuéllar's Rangers contract. He was given the squad number 24, which he also wore at his previous club. His move to Aston Villa 'surprised' and 'disappointed' manager Walter Smith.

Cuéllar made his official first team début on 18 September in the 3–1 UEFA Cup first round victory against PFC Litex Lovech in Bulgaria. He made his first league appearance for Aston Villa in the West Midlands Derby match against West Bromwich Albion on 21 September. Cuéllar came on as a late substitute in a match which Aston Villa won 2–1. His first league start came against Portsmouth on 19 October 2008, where he however operated as a right back. Most of Cuéllar's league appearances during his first season were in that position, due to the good form in the central partnership of Curtis Davies and Martin Laursen.

Cuéllar performed for Villa at the 2009 Peace Cup in his homeland. He went on to score the winning penalty in the final where Juventus went down 4–3 in a shootout to Villa.

He scored his first goal for Villa against Bolton Wanderers on 7 November 2009 at Villa Park. His second goal for the Villa came against Manchester United on 10 February 2010, opening the scoring with a header which was 1-1. In the third round of a FA Cup, Cuéllar scored a header in a 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers on 2 January 2010.

Aston Villa accepted an offer from Cuéllar's old club Rangers in the summer of 2011 but the player was injured and the move broke down. In February 2012, Cuéllar announced that he would be willing to play anywhere on the pitch if it was good for the team. He then started against Manchester City at left back ahead of Stephen Warnock in a Premier League match.

On 6 May 2012, following a 1–1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur that confirmed Aston Villa's Premier League survival, Cuéllar announced via his official Twitter and Facebook pages that he will leave the club at the end of his contract in the summer of 2012. Cuéllar called his final home game "one of the saddest days". After his release, Cuéllar says he is keen to stay at England despite an option to move back to Spain.

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