The Frenchman instead headed to basement club Villa.
There are probably not many of Aston Villa’s summer signings who are happy with the choice they made last year. A move to the Premier League was supposed to be many of these player’s big break – but that has not proved the case.
One such player was Jordan Veretout.
He arrived at Villa from Nantes in the summer for a fee reported by the Daily Mail to be in the region of £8 million.
But at one point it looked like Veretout would in fact be heading to Leicester City.
The Frenchman himself even admitted to rejecting The Foxes in the summer. He told the Birmingham Mail last month:
“First of all, Aston Villa were the club that came for me first.
“I gave my answer to them before any involvement with Leicester.
“Yes, Leicester did want me and it was an interesting proposition but Villa spoke to me more than they did and that’s why I’m here.”
In hindsight however, Veretout must have wished he joined Leicester.
Whilst Villa languish at the foot of the Premier League table, seemingly destined for the Championship, Leicester are shock leaders in the top-flight – five points clear of Tottenham in second place.
If he had joined Leicester the Frenchman would have likely found himself in the position of his alternative Gokhan Inler and first-team football would have been hard to come by.
But at least he might have been in line for a Premier League winners medal and not relegation.