By Alex Taylor
Jordan Veretout has claimed he rejected a move to champions Leicester to join Aston Villa.
Veretout, 23, opted to move to the Midlands club in July last year and watched on as the Foxes won the Premier League by 10 points and his side were relegated to the Championship.
The midfielder is now on loan at French outfit St Etienne after his failed domestic campaign with the Villans.
“Initially there was Aston Villa,” Veretout told the Birmingham Mail. ” I received an offer and I went to Birmingham to meet with the leaders.”
“When Leicester knew about it, coach Claudio Ranieri called me and said, ‘Well, Jordan, I know you. I saw you at work when I was coaching Monaco and I’d like you to join us in Leicester’.”
“It’s just life … I experienced the Premier League with Villa… Of course I would have preferred to be first rather than last, but it’s like that.”
The youngster finished his only season as a Villa player having played 29 matches, providing five assists along the way.
The starlet is now hoping to revive his career while on-loan in Ligue 1.
Roberto Di Matteo’s side have struggled in England’s second tier this season. They have picked up just eight points from eight matches so far.
The former Chelsea boss has already overseen losses to Sheffield Wednesday, Luton and Bristol City during his short reign in charge at Villa Park.