The young Aston Villa midfielder has been one of their few impressive performers this season.
Villa’s struggles culminated in a 6-0 defeat against Liverpool last time out, a result that seemingly condemned them to relegation given their complete capitulation and lack of fighting spirit.
However, Veretout’s words suggest he will have a vital contribution at the club whatever division they are in next season, and point towards a potential role as a future captain.
The Frenchman had to wait for his chances after arriving at Villa Park in the summer but manager Remi Garde picked him as soon as he replaced Tim Sherwood and Veretout has now made 24 appearances for Villa, providing four assists to date.
The 22-year-old is doing his best in a variety of different positions, but he could ultimately play an important role off the pitch as well as on it if his latest comments are anything to go by.
The acknowledgement that Villa need to put pride back in the badge is an acceptance of just how far the club have fallen in recent times, a Premier League stalwart falling inexplicably into the second tier with little to no fight.
With at least a year of Championship football almost certain, it will be up to the players left behind to lift the club straight back to where they belong, so what chance Veretout taking on that role, and potentially the captain’s armband in the process?