Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout addresses comparisons to Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey

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The 22-year-old Frenchman's performances for Nantes last season saw his style of play likened to the Gunners ace.

Aston Villa new boy Jordan Veretout says he is flattered by comparisons to Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey but wants to make a name for himself in English football.

Veretout, 22, was speaking to AVTV after sealing dream move to the Premier League from Nantes last week for around £7 million, having made 142 total appearances for the Ligue 1 club over the past five seasons.

The French midfielder’s breakout 2014-15 campaign, when he racked up seven goals and seven assists in 40 games, saw him linked with the likes of Bournemouth, Leicester, Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur in recent weeks [h/t Presse Ocean], before Villa managed to convince him to make the switch to the West Midlands instead.

Penning a deal until 2020, the Under-21 international operated as a No. 10 for much of last season but also impressed in a deeper role, where he got show the all-round qualities needed to succeed in the English top-flight.

His style of play has subsequently been linked to that of Arsenal’s Ramsey but, while he admits that the Welshman is a fine midfielder, he is also determined to make his own mark on the Premier League.

“I am flattered to read that people think I remind them of Aaron,” he said. “He is a very good midfield player. But at the same time, I am my own player and play my own game.

“I don’t really have idols but I like watching great players. I am a player that likes to give the pass and assist.

“Technically speaking, I am someone who likes to have and play the ball.

“That being said, I know that in this league, I will have to adapt my physical skills. I am generous on the pitch, I like to run for the team.

“I like the last pass, I like making others play.”

Those qualities sound like just what Tim Sherwood needs to replace the departed Fabian Delph and Tom Cleverley in the centre of the park, where Veretout and fellow boy new Idrissa Gueye are expected to be regulars for the Villa manager going forward.

It remains to be seen whether the former will start the weekend’s Premier League opener at Bournemouth after looking a tad sluggish on his debut in the pre-season finale at Nottingham Forest but, having attracted interest from numerous clubs this summer and been tipped for a senior international call-up, there is good reason to believe he can go on to become a genuine difference-maker for the claret and blues.

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