Yacouba Sylla comments on his time with Aston Villa

Sylla left Aston Villa to sign with Rennes in France.

Speaking to GFFN, Yacouba Sylla commented on his time with Aston Villa, following his summer exit from the club.

He said: “In my first season, I practically played in all the matches. I am not going to say that it was thanks to me but the club was then able to stabilise itself in the Premier League, but I maybe contributed something to that in terms of what I brought. I was given my chance, I played, but they were not patient.

“We all know how things go in big clubs but I have no remorse and I’m not angry at anybody. I want to thank Aston Villa for allowing me to discover what things are like at the top level.”

Sylla made 24 appearances for Villa, signing for the club in January 2013 from Cermont. The midfielder, a Malian international, featured regularly under Paul Lambert in his first season at the club, as well as playing well in the 2013/14 campaign for the club.

However, he was loaned out that summer to Turkish side Erciyesspor, impressing in 27 games for the club. He left Villa Park this summer, with first-team chances looking limited, but he has admitted he feels no ill will towards the club.

He may not have played as much as he wanted for the club, but he did the job required of him following his arrival, and proved an astute signing - even if he as a signing with with little longevity.

Sylla has now singed for Rennes in France, and will be hoping to establish himself at the Ligue 1 side this coming season. He has shown he can cut it at the top level of a European league, and he will be hoping to continue that into his spell with the French outfit.

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