Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce wishes he didn't sell Jordan Amavi

Manager of Aston Villa, Steve Bruce ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Aston Villa at Griffin Park on January 31, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Aston Villa allowed Jordan Amavi to move to Marseille in the summer transfer window.

Villa manager Steve Bruce reacts after a near miss during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Steve Bruce has admitted to the Birmingham Mail that he didn’t want to lose Jordan Amavi in the summer, but had to to ensure Aston Villa fit in with Financial Fair Play rules.

Amavi was loaned out to Marseille, and will join the French club permanently next summer.

And Bruce does not want to lose any more key players in January.

He said: “What I don’t want to do is sell anybody who is a value to us right now. 

Jordan Amavi of Aston Villa reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on April 17, 2017 in London, England.

“In the summer we had to get rid of players like Jordan Amavi, for instance.

“In an ideal world we didn’t want Amavi to go but the offer was too good for us and it enabled us to do what we needed to do.

“It’s not easy with FFP.”

Villa are now going well in the Championship, and Bruce will not want to risk derailing his side’s promotion push by offloading any of their star players.

The claret and blues are currently in fourth place in the Championship standings, and there are hopes that they could claim a top two spot by the end of the season.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Cardiff City at Villa Park on November 26, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

Bruce’s side have been one of the form sides in the second tier over recent weeks, with their performances highly impressive.

Villa are now looking to add to their squad, rather than lose quality in the January transfer window.

Bruce’s men are next in action later this evening, when they take on Leeds United.

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