Egypt's Trezeguet highlights tough first Premier League season, hails Aston Villa's fighting spirit after survival

Ahram Online , Sunday 26 Jul 2020

Aston Villa's Trezeguet celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Arsenal (Photo: AP)

Aston Villa's Egyptian winger Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan said on Sunday that he had endured a difficult season in the Premier League, but that he is delighted he helped the club avoid relegation.

Villa have escaped demotion after a tense 1-1 draw with West Ham United on Sunday.

"It was a very tough season for me and the club and I am rewarded for my efforts with the team," Trezeguet told BeIN sports after the game.

"I had to fight all through the season to have a starting role with the team. But I was sure that I would have the chance to establish myself with the team.”

"When I got the chance I proved myself and I helped the team secure their place in the Premier League.”

The Egyptian international was instrumental in Villa's campaign to maintain their place in the Premier League, after scoring three goals in the last three games.

He kept his side's hopes alive in the Premier League after scoring a brace at Crystal Palace, before netting the winner against Arsenal, helping his side move out of the bottom three with one match remaining.

"The team had no option but to win against Crystal Palace to avoid relegation, and against Arsenal. It was a very tough clash, as the Gunners had defeated Manchester City and champions Liverpool," he said.

"Against West Ham it was not a football game, it was like a battle, and we fought with all our hearts.”

Villa, who were just promoted last season, finished in 17th place with 35 points, followed by Bournemouth on 34, ahead of Watford on goal difference and Norwich City on 21 points.

The 25-year-old, who joined Villa from Turkish Super Lig side Kasimpasa last summer, scored six Premier League goals in 34 appearances, and provided two assists.

There have been several reports about his future at the club, but following his latest performances and the team's survival in the Premier League, he may be set to extend his stay at Aston Villa.  

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