By Harry Sykes

Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye could be set for an immediate return to the Premier League, according to a report.

The midfield anchorman was one of the few Villa players to emerge with any credit during a dismal season that ended with the club’s relegation to the Championship.

The Mail report that the 26-year-old is keen to stay in the Premier League and is ready to snub interest from France to remain in the English top flight.

It is said that Gueye has a release clause set at £7.1million and the player is represented by Mark McKay of ExcelFoot, who helped West Ham sign Dimitri Payet from Marseille in one of the standout transfers of the 2015/16 season.

Marseille are pressing to sign Gueye but the midfielder after identifying him as a key target ahead of a summer rebuild.

They wanted to sign him from Lille last summer only to be pipped by big-spending Villa and have continued to keep in contact since the January transfer window.

Despite Villa’s disappointing season Gueye returned some impressive statistics and even earned comparisons with Leicester star N’Golo Kante for his interceptions and energy in the heart of the midfield.

The Senegal international was a mainstay of the Midlands team, making 38 appearances in all competitions, including 35 in the Premier League, all of which he started.

In other Aston Villa news, a club legend has said he is hopeful of being interviewed for the vacant managerial post.