Carles Gil has revealed how he went from ‘heaven to hell’ during his short stint at Aston Villa during the 2015/16 campaign.
Gil arrived at Villa Park in a £3.2m move from Valencia in January 2015 as manager Paul Lambert looked to add much-needed creativity to a side struggling in that department.
He made a decent start to life in the Midlands, starting three of the next five games before being dropped at the end of February when Tim Sherwood replaced Lambert.
His next start would not come until the 13th of September as injury problems ruled him out for both the end of the 14/15 campaign and beginning of the 15/16 season.
He was eventually sold in Deportivo de La Coruña in July 2018 after managing just two goals and two assists in 28 games at the club.
He insists he does not regret the move to Aston Villa, though, insisting he was very ‘comfortable’ at the club.
“It was the opposite of what usually happens because it’s hard to adapt to England,” he told Super Deporte.
“My first two months were of a very high level, but the team’s results were not in keeping with that.
“There was a change of coach, and it was a move from heaven to hell, from playing practically everything to playing in forty minutes in four months.
“A lot of things came together, and I made that decision (to join Villa) In time I would have made another one, but I don’t regret it either, because it’s learning.
“I’ve played in the Premier League, at a big club like Aston Villa which in the long run didn’t go well but I was very comfortable there.”