Sherwood reacts to Aston Villa signing Jordan Veretout, explains why he is 'delighted'

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Aston Villa have snapped up French midfielder Jordan Veretout.

As seen above, Aston Villa have snapped up French midfielder Jordan Veretout - and Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told the club's official website just how pleased he is to have signed him.

Sherwood has already brought in the likes of Mark Bunn, Micah Richards, Jose Crespo, Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye, Scott Sinclair, Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede, but has now added Veretout as well having lost Tom Cleverley and Fabian Delph from his midfield earlier this summer.

Veretout, 22, has been with Ligue 1 side Nantes for the duration of his career, but has now left the club in order to pursue a career in the Premier League.

The midfielder has penned a five-year deal at Villa Park, and becomes the fourth summer arrival from French football, following Amavi, Gueye and Ayew to Birmingham ahead of the new Premier League season.

Speaking after the arrival of Veretout earlier today, Sherwood admitted to the club's official website that he is 'delighted' to have added the midfielder to his ranks after the player turned down other clubs.

"I'm really pleased Jordan decided to choose Aston Villa over the other options he had and opt to continue his development with us," said Sherwood. "He is only 22-years-old but he is vastly experienced for someone that age.

"He has played over 140 games in Ligue 1 and is a really exciting young player. I know he is very highly rated over in France so we are delighted to get this deal over the line," he added.

The French contingent arrive at Villa in something reminiscent of Newcastle's success during the 2011/12 season, where Alan Pardew's men finished fifth in the Premier League.

Amavi, Ayew, Gueye and Veretout all arrive from Ligue 1, whilst striker Rudy Gestede was born in France and forward Emmanuel Adebayor also spent a large chunk of his early career in French football too.

Sherwood will be hoping to replicate Newcastle's success with the French contingent, and Veretout - who impressed with Nantes - could be one of the key signings.

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