Gemma Davies head coach of Aston Villa Ladies Aston Villa Ladies v Sheffield United Women, Women's Championship football match, Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, Birmingham, UK - 18 Aug 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

German midfielder becomes Aston Villa boss Davies’ second capture of the day

German midfielder Ramona Petzelberger has completed a move from FLYERALARM Frauen-Bundesliga club SGS Essen to Aston Villa according to reports on the club’s official website.

The 27-year-old Essen-born midfielder joins German full-back Caro Seims in moving to The Banks’s Stadium today as Aston Villa boss Gemma Davies continues to add an international flavour to her squad.

Petzelberger brings plenty of top flight experience with her to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with the player having spent several years playing at the top level of the German game. The midfielder started her senior career in the Bochum district with SG Wattensheid 09 before spending three years with SC 07 Bad Neuenahr. A five-year spell with Bayer 04 Leverkusen followed before Petzelberger moved home to SGS Essen.

On the international stage, the midfielder has won UEFA Women’s Championship titles at Under-17 and Under-19 levels while she was a runner-up at the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012. Petzelberger has never been capped by the senior German side.

After securing the services of the German midfielder, Aston Villa boss Davies told the club’s official media sources “I am delighted that we have signed Ramona, with a huge amount of experience in the German Bundesliga.

“She is a very technical player, who likes to play between the lines and make key passes that unlocks defences.

“She is exceptionally fit and can operate box-to-box with ease.

“I am excited by what Ramona will bring to our team.”

Newly-promoted Villa have now made six summer additions ahead of their debut campaign in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

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