Despite publicly stating he wasn’t particularly keen on a return to France, preferring to remain in England, Jordan Amavi’s stance on his future hasn’t detracted Marseille in the slightest.

According to L’Equipe, the club’s new director of football, Antoni Zubizarreta, has been in contact with the Aston Villa player’s entourage, starting negotiations, and the French side are feeling quite optimistic about the whole thing.

The French newspaper make it clear this transfer, were it to happen, would not be a stop gap deal, but a rather important one for Marseille’s new project.

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This could work for both parties, as L’Equipe state it would take a ‘substantial financial effort’ to prise Amavi away from Steve Bruce’s side in order to convince him to travel back across the Channel, something Marseille would only be prepared to make for the right player.

With Amavi seemingly happy at Villa Park, despite the Midlands club’s difficulties to get a consistent run of wins going, some could say Marseille’s optimism might be misplaced, yet with the Ligue 1 side now 6th in the table after a recent good run of form, the potential offering of European football for next season could be the argument they were lacking a month or so ago.

Regardless, it sounds like there’s a lot still to be done before this becomes a worry for Villa fans.