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Aston Villa flop Jordan Veretout wanted by Inter Milan and others

The Frenchman flopped at Villa Park but has been brilliant for Fiorentina this summer.

Mathew Nash



This summer it looks as though Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout will be a wanted man. It is being reported by Le Foot sur 7 that a host of clubs are keen on signing the player this summer.

The likes of Marseille and Lyon are keen on bringing him back to France, but Italian giants Inter Milan are also said to be keen on the player. The report claims they could even offer Fiorentina their striker Eder as part of any deal.

All of this will make for alarming reading for Aston Villa fans.

The 25-year-old joined Villa in the summer of 2015 from Nantes. He decided to join Villa ahead of Leicester City, who of course went on to win the Premier League that season. According to the Express and Star the Midlands club paid around £9 million to sign the player from Nantes and the France under-21 international was tipped for big things in English football.

However, that did not prove to be the case. He played 29 times for Aston Villa in 2015-16, as they finished woefully behind the rest of the Premier League crop. The Villans finished rock bottom of the Premier League table with just 17 points and three wins all season.

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For Veretout it was a poor campaign in England and he was soon heading back to France, joining Saint-Etienne on loan.

Which is where Aston Villa fans should start to get frustrated. Suddenly, the Frenchman found his talent yet again and was excellent for Les Verts last season, earning a move to Fiorentina.

That form has continued and Aston Villa fans now have to stand back and watch as some of Europe’s top clubs clamour for his signature.

Just like players like Idrissa Gana Gueye and Jordan Amavi, the Frenchman has gone on to prove himself more than capable of being a regular at Villa Park, after being moved on.

If he does go on to become a star for the Nerazzurri, Aston Villa fans will undoubtedly wonder why they never saw a return on their £9 million investment.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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Forgotten man Ritchie De Laet could play important role for Aston Villa

Aston Villa may have to give a second chance to the 29-year-old.

Mathew Nash



When Aston Villa snapped up Premier League winner Ritchie De Laet from Leicester City in the summer of 2016 it looked a great deal. He arrived after a season in which he won both the Premier League with Leicester City and promotion with Middlesbrough whilst on loan.

Considering he had also won promotion with Leicester in 2014, he looked a perfect addition for Aston Villa at just £2.5 million.

However, De Laet struggled. He played just three times in his first season at the club before picking up a knee injury against Brentford. He was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the campaign.

Last season he featured sporadically through the first-half of the season but in January was sent out on loan to his boyhood club Royal Antwerp until the end of the season.

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That deal proved to be unsuccessful as well. The Belgian side decided not to bring in De Laet permanently after a struggle of a loan campaign which eventually saw him dropped.

But Aston Villa should embrace the fact the 29-year-old is back. Considering they need to sell highly-marketable players this summer, keeping De Laet on board would be wise.

He can play at left-back, right-back and on the wing. Add to that his excellent experience of winning promotion and Aston Villa need to keep him on board.                                                                                                                    

De Laet could be like a new signing for Aston Villa.

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James Bree must make an impact at Aston Villa next season

The right-back needs to make an impact at Villa this season.

Mathew Nash



It has been a tough summer for Aston Villa. The club failed to win promotion to the Premier League after a play-off final defeat to Fulham. That defeat at Wembley soon became even more significant, as Villa’s financial issues came to the fore.

Two summers of overspending without the reward of promotion means the club are in serious financial peril. Aston Villa are now set to offload some of their prized possessions, such as Jack Grealish, James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia.

For some players, the lack of funds at Aston Villa will present them with a chance. One such player is James Bree.

The former Barnsley man has been telling the Express and Star this week all about his hopes for the season, suggesting Villa are still looking at a promotion push.

(during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on May 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

It might also be a season where Bree features more regularly. He played just 10 times last season but with Villa now unable to bring in big name new signings, Bree might get a chance at right-back.

Everyone wants to get promotion every year, no matter what’s going on.

“I think that’s what we’ve got to push for. We’ve just got to go and see what happens this season.”

– James Bree on Aston Villla’s promotion hopes

Signed for a fee in the region of £3 million the former Barnsley man must grab this opportunity. There is still competition at right-back. Alan Hutton signed a new deal, Ahmed Elmohamady can play the role and Ritchie De Laet has returned from a loan spell.

Bree will need to prove he is a player Aston Villa can count on in their season of need. If he cannot make the breakthrough in the current circumstances, then he may never do so at Villa Park.

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Is Corey Blackett-Taylor’s in last chance saloon at Aston Villa?

The 20-year-old will be hoping to play for Aston Villa this season.

Mathew Nash



Aston Villa are facing a difficult summer and, it seems, a difficult season. The club is in turmoil off the pitch. Since Aston Villa failed to win promotion to the Premier League it has emerged that the club is struggling financially. It appears they cannot currently sign players and are in fact trying to offload some of their current talent in order to get by.

With that in mind, Aston Villa may need to bring through some of their young players next season.

So is this season set to be a breakout campaign for attacker Corey Blackett-Taylor?

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The 20-year-old has impressed for the Aston Villa youth teams in recent times and he has all the natural attributes to make it into the first-team set-up. Capable of playing on the right or left wing the England youth international signed a new deal with the club in April, suggesting he does have a future at Villa Park.

He played 15 times for the Aston Villa under-23s last season and was one of their best players. With four goals and two assists, he looked like a player ready to take the step up.

It has to be now, or it will surely be never. His extension is until next summer and the wideman turns 21-years-old in September.

If Blackett-s not playing regular football at Aston Villa next season, then his long-term future would seem to be elsewhere.

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