By Harry Sykes
Jordan Veretout wants to quit Aston Villa this summer – even though he has four years remaining on his contract.
French publication L’Equipe report that the French midfielder has no intention of playing in the Championship next season following Villa’s relegation.
It is said the 23-year-old has attracted interest from clubs in the Premier League, Ligue 1 and La Liga, and they have all made approaches to the representative of the player.
Veretout only joined Villa last summer from French club Nantes after spurning Leicester’s advances to link up with then manager Tim Sherwood.
The former France Under-21 midfielder was a regular under Sherwood and Remi Garde but was frozen out towards the end of the campaign under caretaker boss Eric Black.
Vertout is only one year into a five-year contract that he signed when he joined last summer, which should enable Villa to recoup much of the £7.5million fee they spent to bring him from France.
In other Aston Villa news, Tottenham have been encouraged to trigger the £7.1million release clause of one of Veretout’s team-mates.