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.
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.
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.
Jordan Veretout was part of the Villa side who were relegated last term