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L'Equipe: Aston Villa would have owed Nantes a bonus if Jordan Veretout played one more game

Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout in action

The French midfielder did not feature for Villa after the 19th March.

Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout in actionAston Villa's Jordan Veretout in action

Reports in France today are suggesting that Aston Villa’s reluctance to play Jordan Veretout toward the end of last season might have been due to a bonus payment owed to his former club Nantes.

The French midfielder arrived at Villa in a deal said to be worth around £8 million by the Daily Mail last summer.

But he struggled to have a major impact at Villa, as the club were relegated to the Championship as the Premier League’s bottom club.

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

Veretout played 29 games for Aston Villa, with his final appearance in a 1-0 loss to Swansea City in March.

He did not feature again for the club and L’Equipe are now reporting the reason why.

They claim that Villa would have owed Nantes a bonus fee if Veretout played 30 games for the club in his first season.

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

With the club on their way down and Veretout likely to be moved on in the summer Villa were likely to be reticent on paying such a fee, so decided not to play him for the remainder of the season.

The French midfielder was loaned out back to France this summer, joining Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne until the end of the season.

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