New Aston Villa signing
The Netherlands international, part of his country's EURO
Vlaar, 27, is aware of the pedigree of previous centre-backs at
He said: "I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of players such as
"But I also do things for myself because I want to get the very best out of myself. I can't do it alone.
"I also need the other players in the team as well as the fans, who are so important. By us all working hard for one another, we can achieve our goals.
"We must work together to make things better and to get good results. We have to do it on the pitch and, with the support of the fans, we can get it going together."
Vlaar is convinced his best years are ahead of him after committing himself to Villa until the end of the 2014-2015 campaign and wants to bring success back to the club after two poor seasons.
He said: "This is a dream come true for me.
"With my past, I am very proud but I always look forward and this is a great opportunity. I am very happy that Villa have given me this chance.
"For me, I want to play a lot and improve my play and do well with the team. That's most important.
"I am 27 years old and I know my best years are ahead of me. I feel fit and strong and I am looking forward very much to playing my first game.
"I know some of Villa's history and I have been in the stadium already and saw all of the pictures of great achievements. I really believe we can bring the happiness back.
"I think there is a lot of quality here and, if we play like we can as a team, we will make it difficult for other teams to beat us."
The Scot said: "Ron is a really good defender and he has a wealth of experience for both
"I like the way the guy wants to do well. He's hungry and he wants to succeed. He's also a really good, strong defender and hopefully we will get the benefit of him in our team.
"Certainly, I have no worries about his career so far. He's captained Feyenoord, who finished second last season in the Dutch Eredivisie, to qualify for the Champions League.
"He's been in the Dutch international set-up and was part of the Euros, so he's a proper player. He'll bring something to the club, no doubt about it."
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