Jordan Amavi has some encouraging things to say about his Aston Villa future

Aston Villa's Jordan Amavi

The 22-year-old French left-back has regularly been linked with a move away from the club this summer after their relegation from the Premier League.

Aston Villa's Jordan Amavi

While rumours have been rumbling this summer that Jordan Amavi could be set to leave Aston Villa following their relegation to the Championship, the French left-back doesn’t sound like a man who’s planning a swift departure.

Speaking to Villa’s official website from their preseason training camp in Austria, the Under-21 international was full of praise for new manager Roberto Di Matteo and stressed his determination to help the club bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

“Obviously this season, we have a new manager in Roberto Di Matteo,” Amavi told avfc.co.uk. “Roberto is a good man. He always has a smile on his face. He is a great person.

“But he is also a very strong character – he knows exactly what he wants from the boys and what he expects of us. Roberto is a determined man. You can sense that with him.

“He has a fire inside him to succeed this season and help the team go back into the Premier League. We will do everything to make sure that happens.”

Aston Villa's Jordan Amavi in action

Amavi, 22, joined Villa from French side Nice last summer for around £10 million and went on to make 12 total appearances for the club over the first few months of the season, standing out as one of their few bright spots amid a dismal run of results.

The pacey defender subsequently suffered a serious injury blow in November, however, when he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a France Under-21 match against Northern Ireland, ruling him out of action for the remainder of the season.

There were initial fears that the popular full-back could miss the start of this coming campaign such was the severity of the injury, but he is amazingly already back in full training and now preparing to build up his match fitness in the team’s upcoming friendlies.

“We’ve been back together now for just over a week and I can’t describe the feeling of being with the boys properly after my long time out injured,” Amavi added to avfc.co.uk. “I started my career at Aston Villa very well but obviously the injury came along and stopped my progress and meant I was unable to help the team.

“Now I am looking forward. All my focus is on showing the manager, my team-mates and the fans, who have stuck by me, my very best form. I want to show the fans what I am capable of and have a big season with the team.”

Birmingham's Demarai Gray in action with Aston Villa's Jordan Amavi

With over seven weeks left of the summer transfer window, there’s still no guarantee that Villa will be able keep hold of Amavi given the promise he showed before his injury, but it's hard not take his latest comments as an extremely encouraging sign for his claret and blue future.

The highly-rated Frenchman should certainly star at the Championship level if he does stay in B6 and having him on board for the coming campaign would give the club’s promotion hopes a huge boost.

Aston Villa's Jordan Amavi in action with Manchester United's Ander Herrera

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