Jordan Amavi has had a great start to his Marseille career, after a difficult summer trying to leave Aston Villa. Following the Sevilla farce, with the Spanish club seemingly trying to use a medical as a bargaining point, Amavi got a move back to France.
Originally leaving Aston Villa for Marseille on a loan deal, the clauses were so weighted towards a permanent transfer that Amavi is now a fully fledged player for the French club.
Also receiving a recent call-up from Didier Deschamps for France’s first team squad, due to others picking up injuries, things are going a lot better right now for Amavi.
Speaking to L’Equipe, Amavi was asked what his low point of the past few years had been, and whether it was going to the ‘anonymity’ of the Championship with Aston Villa: “To play and not be able to show what I was capable of, with Aston Villa and in the English second division. At that time, it was hard, yes. It was frustrating not to be able to regain all my abilities. I knew I needed almost as much time out with the injury to get back to 100%.”
Amavi seems to have had different experiences with managers at Aston Villa, explaining that Steve Bruce perhaps didn’t quite understand the situation: “The coach, Roberto Di Matteo, believed a lot in me. But my body did not respond as before. I couldn’t do the same things: take the ball, go ahead, strike, centre the ball… And then there was a change of coach with the arrival of Steve Bruce. I had a little softening off then, which was normal after I stopped for nine months. The coach even thought I had problems at home, when not at all!”
Amavi’s natural progression from his serious injury is going well, and Aston Villa have surely secured themselves a good percentage of a future transfer.