Aston Villa have signed the former Arsenal and Fulham defender Philippe Senderos.

Senderos, 29, has agreed a two-year deal that will take effect from 1 July.

He becomes the Villa manager Paul Lambert’s first signing of the summer, with the move announced prior to Senderos’s departure to the World Cup with Switzerland on Friday.

“I’m really delighted to be joining Aston Villa, a great club with such a big history, and for me this is a great step in my career,” he said.

“There will be a lot of competition for places with Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Nathan Baker and Jores Okore also very capable Premier League defenders, so it will be up to me to fight for and to earn my place in the team.