Veretout claims the Championship is not suited to his style

Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout in action

Jordan Veretout left Aston Villa on a season-long loan this summer, and claims he would not have been suited to Championship football.

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

In an exclusive interview with French newspaper 20 minutes, Jordan Veretout has explained his reasons behind leaving Aston Villa on a season-long loan, claiming that the Championship is not suited to his style of play.

The 23-year-old Frenchman moved to Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne on loan in August, and the French side have an option to buy at the end of the season.

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

Veretout spoke to 20 minutes, highlighting the style of play in England's second tier as a reason as to why he left the Midlands outfit:

“I lived through relegation, an awful season, and I didn’t want to play in the Championship. It’s a very complicated league for me, because it doesn’t suit my style of play."

Veretout appeared in 25 of Villa's 38 Premier League games last term, and failed to make much of an impact, with no goals and just five assists.

His influence on his new side has been similarly limited, with no goals or assists in four appearances.

Everton's Brendan Galloway in action with Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout Jordan Veretout in action for Aston Villa last season

The former Nantes man still has four years remaining on his contract with Aston Villa, so news of his comments will surely not be received too well at Villa Park.

Veretout was signed by by former manager Tim Sherwood in July 2015 for a fee believed to be in the region of £8 million.

Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout and team mates look dejected after Federico Fernandez scored the first goal for Swansea Jordan Veretout was part of the Villa side who were relegated last term

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