Garde's latest comments show why Robert Duverne has returned to Aston Villa

Remi Garde has commented on Aston Villa fitness coach Robert Duverne.

Aston Villa boss Remi Garde has told the club's official website that fitness coach Robert Duverne is 'very important' to what he does.

Garde, 49, arrived as Villa's new manager earlier this month following the departure of previous boss Tim Sherwood, and he has a huge task on his hands.

After a 0-0 draw with Manchester City to open his Villa career, Garde then suffered a 4-0 thumping away at Everton on Saturday, leaving Villa adrift at the bottom of the table.

With just five points from 13 games this season, Villa are in danger of being cut away at the bottom, with fans already fearing relegation to the Championship.

Hoewver, Garde has found something to shout about - his new fitness coach Robert Duverne. The Frenchman arrived alongside Garde earlier this month, returning to Villa park for a second spell.

Duverne worked under Gerard Houllier at Villa Park before returning to France, but has now made his Aston Villa comeback alongside Garde.

Speaking to the Villa official website, Garde spoke so highly about Duverne, it became clear why he was so desperate to reunite with him at Villa Park, having worked together at Lyon.

"Robert is very important for me," said Garde. "I have known him for a long, long time. I was one of his first players as a coach and then I knew him from my time as Lyon manager too. We are very close. I really like the way he works. He is always trying to do fitness work in strong relation to what the players need to do on the pitch," he added.

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