Nottingham Forest teenager Alex Iacovitti has told The Herald that Aston Villa tried to sign him over the summer, but the deal fell through.
Iacovitti, 18, is a centre back who is coming up through the ranks at the City Ground, and has been tipped to have a bright future ahead of him.
Able to play for England, Italy and Scotland, Iacovitti has chosen the latter as the country he wants to represent, with his Scottish mother allowing him to play for Gordon Strachan's men.
With his international future now sorted, Iacovitti has commented on his club future, as whilst he is yet to make his big breakthrough at Nottingham Forest, there has been interest in his signature.
Iacovitti has told The Herald that he received interest from Premier League side Aston Villa over the summer, but the deal didn't go through - and he admitted that he is actually happy that it didn't, as he is enjoying life with Nottingham Forest.
"There was talk that I would go to Aston Villa in the summer," said Iacovitti. "There was interest from them, but it didn’t come to anything and that suits me because I’m enjoying my time at Forest."
With Villa struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table, Iacovitti is no doubt feeling even better about the collapse of his move to Villa Park - and with some already believing that Remi Garde's men are already doomed to relegation, Iacovitti could even end up facing Villa in the Championship next season.