The midfielder was a key member of the French outfit.
At the centre of it all was Nantes president Waldemar Kita. He obviously did not want to lose arguably his best player in the summer and yesterday explained as such to the French press.
He is quoted by But! as stating:
"I invested a lot in relation to the transfer window, against defined requirements.
"I also absolutely wanted to keep Veretout. I should have done it. This boy could have made us good. I think I was alone in wanting to keep him. That's life."
He seems to make it clear that he wanted to keep Veretout but that nobody else shared his vision - instead the cash on hand to sell the player proved overwhelmingly attractive.
Villa fans are however yet to see the best of the 22-year-old. Villa are struggling in the league and Veretout only recently played his first full 90 minutes in the top flight - during a 1-0 loss to Stoke City in the league last weekend.
He is clearly still adapting to the new pace in English football and the international break will give him the perfect opportunity to get fresh and fit for the resumption of the Premier League campaign.