New Aston Villa left-back Jordan Amavi speaks of his admiration for Patrice Evra

The 21-year-old Frenchman joins Villa after a stellar season at Nice, where his compatriot also played before spells at Monaco, Manchester United and Juventus, respectively.

The Premier League has boasted its fair share of French stars since its inception in 1992 and new Aston Villa signing Jordan Amavi is hoping to become the latest.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail after sealing a reported £10 million move from Nice, the France Under-21 international revealed a burning desire to succeed in the English top-flight, while also declaring his admiration for a fellow left-back and five-time title winner.

“If you look back through the years so many famous French footballers have played in England such as Eric Cantona, David Ginola, Thierry Henry, Nicolas Anelka and Patrick Vieira,” said Amavi. “There have been many more and even this season there are French players at almost every club.

Patrice Evra was a French player who played for Manchester United for many years and I always enjoyed watching him play for them and the national team.

“You always look at players who play the same position as you and he was certainly one of them.”

Amavi, 21, arrives in the Midlands after establishing himself as one of Ligue’s 1 most exciting prospects last season, when he scored four goals in 37 appearances to help Nice to an 11th-place finish.

A former winger who likes to bomb forward, there are definite similarities between the 5ft 9in defender and Evra, who also began his career in midfield and even spent two seasons at Nice before leaving for local rivals Monaco in 2002 after helping the club seal promotion back to the French top-flight.

Later landing a move to Manchester United in 2006, the now-Juventus star went on to make 379 total appearances for the Red Devils over eight-and-a-half seasons, while winning five Premier League titles, three League Cups, the Champions League and Club World Cup, as he rivalled Ashley Cole for the best left-back in not just English football but also the global game.

It’s no surprise then that Amavi would hold him in such high regard and, while matching his compatriot’s silverware haul will prove a tough ask, it would not be such a shock if he managed to go on to produce comparable performances on the pitch in the long run given the fanfare surrounding his recent progress.

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