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Harold Moukoudi explains why he didn't sign for Aston Villa

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brentford at Villa Park on August 22, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

The 20-year-old flew to Bodymoor Heath to talk to Steve Bruce in the summer.

Banners on display at Villa Park home stadium of Aston Villa as the teams walk out during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brentford  at Villa Park on August 22, 2018...

Aston Villa summer target Harold Moukoudi has told Francebleu that he chose not to sign with the club because their thoughts on football differed and he was not in the right place in his career.

The Le Havre central defender was flown by the club in a private jet to the Villa training ground on 30 August, the day before the loan window shut for Championship teams, in an attempt to secure his services. 

 

The club wanted the 20-year-old to join on loan with a view to making the move permanent in the future for a fee of £10 million. 

However, the transfer fell through and Moukoudi remained with the Ligue 2 club, resulting in Villa moving for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham on the 31 August. 

New signing Tammy Abraham of Aston Villa poses for a picture at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on August 31, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Speaking to French publication Francebleu, the centre-back said he had lost sleep over his choice to remain in France.

"Difficult decision? Really difficult," said Moukoudi. "I thought about it all night. It has been complicated. I had trouble sleeping."

"Despite the great offers, we decided that the best solution was to stay. To stay another year in France and the club, at least. To improve myself and become even better. Then we'll see.”

A dejected fan of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between Aston Villa and Fulham at Wembley Stadium on May 26, 2018 in London, England.

He added: “In my family, we have certain values. Today, money is not really my first interest. I want to build a career, a great career. And according to us, going abroad after only one year of professionalism, it was probably a little too early.”

“Aston Villa? I saw huge, impressive infrastructure. I had the feeling that their football and ours were not the same. I went there to hear what the coach had to say to me. I took the time to think and I chose to stay in France.”

The Frenchman's comments may well fuel the fire of a growing number of Villa fans who are frustrated by manager Steve Bruce, but they could also give fans hope that in the future, under a different regime, Moukoudi may make the switch to Villa Park.

A dejected Aston Villa Manager \ Head Coach Steve Bruce during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brentford  at Villa Park on August 22, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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