Report: Aston Villa would rather loan Veretout than sell this summer

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor (L) celebrates scoring their second goal with Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Veretout

The French midfielder had a disappointing first season in English football.

Liverpool's James Milner in action with Aston Villa's Jordan VeretoutLiverpool's James Milner in action with Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout

Aston Villa are interested in sending Frenchmen Jordan Veretout out on loan this summer, rather than risk selling him for a deflated fee, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Much was expected of the French midfielder when he made the move from Nantes last summer, with Veretout having been a staple of his country's various youth teams.

The 23-year-old cost a reported fee of £10 million, one of a number of expensive signings to arrive from across the channel.

Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout in action with Swansea's Gylfi SigurdssonAston Villa's Jordan Veretout in action with Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson

Veretout impressed in the 2014-15 season for Nantes before his move to Villa Park, scoring seven goals in 36 Ligue 1 matches.

There was hope he would bring the same kind of attacking midfield threat to the Premier League but he failed to find the net in his 29 appearances for Villa, whose season ended with relegation from the Premier League for the first ever time.

Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout applauds the fans after the matchAston Villa's Jordan Veretout applauds the fans

Several clubs, such as Real Betis, have been linked with Veretout this summer for fees some short of what Villa paid for him, but the Mail report the club would rather send him out on loan to rebuild his confidence with the hope that he will find some form. Veretout could then return to Birmingham to challenge for a first team spot or could at least be sold on for decent price.

In one sense it is a vote of confidence in the player's ability, but with Veretout preferring to stay and fight for first-team football, something Roberto Di Matteo cannot promise him, it may end up having the opposite effect.

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor (L) celebrates scoring their second goal with Idrissa Gueye and Jordan VeretoutAston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor (L) celebrates with Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Veretout

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