By Amir Mir
Jordan Amavi has revealed the support he received from Aston Villa fans was one of the main factors in him staying at the club this summer.
Left-back Amavi suffered a knee injury last November, while on international duty with France under-21s, which kept him out of action for up to nine months.
According to the Daily Star, Amavi earns a reported £30,000-a-week, with the highly-rated defender attracting the interest of Liverpool over the recently concluded summer transfer window.
But Amavi has now expressed his gratitude towards the Villa Park support for continuously sending him positive message during his recovery.
“Staying wasn’t a forced decision,” Amavi told France Football as quoted by the Birmingham Mail. “The club counts on me, I was determined to come back from my injury, especially since I received many messages from fans.
“They appreciate me, and even made a song for me. I can’t sing it – you can look it up on the Internet!
“I was away a long time, but they’ve always been behind me, always believed in me. They never stopped sending me messages.”
The France under-21 international signed for the Midlands club in the summer of 2015 from Ligue 1 outfit Nice, making 12 appearances in all competitions last season.
The 22-year-old returned to first-team action with a substitute appearance in the stalemate against Derby in August.
However, Amavi has struggled for regular first-team football this term, making only four starts out of seven games, with the now axed Roberto Di Matteo picking Aly Cissokho instead.
In other Aston Villa team news, this BBC pundit believes the club have spent ridiculous amounts of money on average players.