Former Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi has told the French media he didn’t expect his transfer to Marseille would turn out so well for him.

The Frenchman signed for Marseille last summer from Aston Villa, after Sevilla seemed to dream up medical excuses to pull out of deal… something they probably regret now.

Speaking to L’Equipe about his move to Marseille, Amavi had it put to him that he moved from Aston Villa straight into a battle with Patrice Evra: “I didn’t expect it at all. There was uncle Pat at the club, he’s not just anyone. I came to learn and what happened, happened. I find myself playing, I’m moving forward. It went quickly being with France, I did not expect it at all.”

The 24 year old spent two seasons at Aston Villa, but the full back remained with the club despite dropping down to the Championship.

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Amavi spent a season in the English second tier, but when Aston Villa failed to get back into the Premier League at the first attempt he joined Marseille, initially on loan.

Since returning to France Amavi has impressed in Ligue 1 and last October was called up to the French squad by Didier Deschamps.

Now Evra is out of the picture at Marseille after being released for disciplinary reasons, Amavi has made the left back spot his own.

Jordan Veretout has also been impressing at Fiorentina since his exit from Aston Villa, and there’s been some claims of interest from clubs including, by coincidence, Marselle and Inter Milan.

Hopefully for Villa, they’re got sell-on clauses.