Jordan Veretout agreed to move to Aston Villa over the summer, and he has told the Daily Mail that the club’s reputation was one of the main reasons he opted to switch to Villa Park, despite interest from Leicester and Bournemouth.
The French midfielder said: “Leicester offered more money [than Villa] for me I think. Bournemouth contacted me but I turned them down because I heard about Aston Villa’s contact. It was a club I instantly got a feeling for so that’s what swayed my decision. Aston Villa is a name. That was one of my main reasons. I knew about Villa when I was young, a club that had won a lot of trophies and has a rich history.”
Despite their recent struggles in the Premier League, Villa are a club with a rich reputation in footballing history, and they even have a draw in Europe.
Having won the European Cup in 1982, the Birmingham-based club will always be immortalised across the continent, and Veretout has admitted that the name and history drew him to Villa Park.
Both Leicester and Bournemouth wanted the former Nantes midfielder, 22, according to him, but they hardly have the same draw as a move to Villa.
They may have struggled in recent years, and have not won a major competition since the 1982 European Super Cup, but this historical reputation is still playing a role in moving the club forward.
It just has to be hoped that Villa start moving forward in the coming years, as they hope to relive their history with years of success ahead of them.