Downing 'Surprised' At Villa Deal!

Last updated : 29 November 2009 By Boro Mad

Stewart Downing: "I was surprised when I heard Villa had come in.

"The manager found out how long I'd be out for. He told me that even if it was until December, he would wait. When you are limping about, that's great to hear. And once he told me that, this was the only place I wanted to come.

"Villa's physio said he couldn't believe the medical I went through. Normally injured players are just sent back.

"I definitely want to repay the manager. For him to pay out £12m for a player on crutches was brilliant. It's a lot of pressure on him to do that. I can't wait to get started and do well for him."