Jordan Veretout has got his way and is set to return to France. The 23 year old French midfielder didn’t quite fancy playing for Aston Villa in the Championship and is all set to sign for Saint Etienne on a season long loan.
The French club’s long term manager Christophe Galtier, who recently confirmed an Aston Villa approach himself, is quoted by L’Equipe as explaining a transfer is close, and that’s something he’s happy about: “He is a young player, he comes out of a difficult season but he has the advantage of knowing the championship. He has good legs and is a good passer. I hope he will gel quickly into the workforce.”
Veretout didn’t have the expected impact at Aston Villa, for a variety of reasons. In January, Veretout complained to the French media about Tim Sherwood: “I heard that he had confidence in me but in the end, I was on the bench every weekend.
“I didn’t have an explanation, and it’s been hard to talk, especially with the language barrier. I didn’t have any dialogue with him, I didn’t understand and I still don’t understand. When I played, I thought I performed well… The arrival of Garde as coach was beneficial for me.”
Veretout will today finalise his move in France, and should everything go to plan there’s a decent chance the move could be officially announced before sunset.