By Joe Nelson

Jordan Veretout has criticised Championship football and stressed that it would have been “impossible” for him to have stayed in England this season.

The Aston Villa midfielder told French newspaper 20 minutes that he was unhappy in England and could not relive another season like 2015-16.

The 23-year-old is currently back on loan in Ligue 1 with Saint-Etienne and is making headlines, as he prepares to face his old club Nantes on Wednesday evening.

When asked by the French publication whether it would have been impossible to stay in England this season, this midfielder simply replied, “yes”.

He did however, go on to substantiate his one-word answer with some reasoning behind his unhappiness with the English game.

“I lived through relegation, an awful season, and I didn’t want to play in the Championship,” Veretous told 20 minutes. “It’s a very complicated league for me, because it doesn’t suit my style of play. There were clubs in England who wanted me, but I didn’t want to relive a season like last year.

“We all know that between the 10th and the 20th spot in England, anyone can go down. That’s why I preferred to return to France.”

News of this interview might not sit too well with Roberto Di Matteo and the Villa board, as Veretout still has four years remaining on his contract in the Midlands.

In other Aston Villa news, fans have burned Jack Grealish on Twitter following his latest controversy.