Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout has told the Daily Star that he has been able to improve thanks to Tim Sherwood's departure in October.
Veretout, 22, was snapped up from Nantes in the summer, becoming part of the club's French revolution, with Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Ayew arriving from Nice, Lille and Lorient respectively too.
A former French Under-21 international, Veretout joined with quite the reputation in French football, but he didn't feature much under previous boss Sherwood.
With only six appearances in all competitions until Remi Garde's appointment in November, Veretout seemingly wasn't fancied by Sherwood, and was left out of the team as a result.
Now featuring on a regular basis as a key player under his compatriot Garde, Veretout is starting to thrive at Villa Park, having conjured up a superb assist for Gabriel Agbonlahor's goal against Norwich City last weekend.
Now, Veretout has been discussing his time in England with the Daily Star, and admitted that he feels more comfortable under former Lyon boss Garde.
Veretout also claims that he has only been able to improve since Sherwood's departure from the club in October, and feels he is now getting back to his best after a slow start to life in English football.
"I feel much more comfortable," said Veretout. "It was complicated for me at the beginning as I wasn’t getting the chance to play very much. Since the new coach has arrived I feel much better and it’s been very beneficial for me."
"The difference is simply I have been given my chance. Tim Sherwood made his choices and I respected them but I have been able to improve since he left. I still feel I have to progress and can do better but I feel I’m close to my best level now," he added.
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