Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout has told the Daily Star that he is thankful towards Nantes chairman Waldemar Kita for allowing to join Tim Sherwood's men.
Veretout, 22, joined Nantes at the age of ten, and made his way up through the ranks with the French club before his departure this summer.
The midfielder completed his emotional exit from Nantes in July, and left having scored 15 goals in 146 games for the Ligue 1 outfit.
So far this season, Veretout has made just two Premier League appearances, but is seen more as a player for the future under Sherwood rather than a player to make an instant impact at Villa Park.
Intriguingly though, things could have been all so different for Veretout. The Daily Star note that Leicester City made a bid €5m higher than Villa's - but Nantes chairman Waldemar Kita decided to, rather than chase the money, let Veretout choose what to do; and he chose Villa.
Speaking to the Daily Star ahead of this weekend's clash with West Brom, Veretout took the time to thank his former chairman Kita for doing the right thing and letting him sign for Aston Villa.
"The president acted very correctly and I thank him for that," said Veretout. "We get on well. He understood what I was saying and allowed me to take the step I wanted to," he added.
With Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Ayew and Veretout, Sherwood has raided French football for reinforcements - and the hope is that they can all settle in quickly together, even though Villa have won just once in five Premier League games so far.