Nice president explains why he sold Amavi to Aston Villa

French side Nice believe the price received for Jordan Amavi will benefit them in multiple ways.

Aston Villa clinched the signing of Jordan Amavi over the weekend, announcing the deal on their official website.

The French under-21 international left-back is a highly rated prospect, and links up with his new teammates on Monday.

He signs from Ligue 1 side Nice, who feel they have got a deal which works very well for them.

Nice club president Jean-Pierre Rivère is quoted by Maxifoot explaining why they were content to cash in; ad expressed his overall satisfaction with the deal.

He said: "The negotiations were long but the offer gives consistency to a club that wants to consolidate and grow financially.

"On the sporting and human level, we will miss Jordan, but still plans to recruit a left back, a right back and a midfielder, and we have already identified candidates. Then, it is true that this offer will allow us to better manage the financing of our future training centre. For him and for the club, it's a good deal."

Amavi clearly leaves on good terms, unlike Fabian Delph who departed Aston Villa for Manchester City in controversial fashion at the weekend.

The French defender signed a five-year contract at Villa Park, and Nice are confident clearly that they can progress without them if they invest the money wisely.

The challenge facing them is the same, on a larger scale, facing Villa, with the sale of Christian Benteke to Liverpool imminent, after the Reds triggered his £32.5 million release clause, as reported by The Times.

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