26-year-old flop: I still follow Aston Villa every week, this part of club is magical
By Will Butcher
Yacouba Sylla has revealed that he still follows Aston Villa every week despite struggling to ever have an impact with the Midlands giants.
Sylla, 26, made just 24 appearances in two years at Villa Park after joining from French side Clermont, before being offloaded as he failed to adapt to the rigours of English football.
Speaking in an exclusive with Get French Football News, the 17-time Mali international revealed he still looks out for Villa’s results and claimed that Villa Park is a “magical” stadium.
“Personally, I follow Villa every weekend, because I still have colleagues who play there. I would not say that it is a club that is sinking, because it was bought not long ago,” Sylla said.
“You still have the passion of their supporters there. We all know their supporters – it is magical at Villa Park that the fans are always there for the team, even in the Championship.”
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Midfielder Sylla left Villa to join French side Rennes after a loan with Turkish outfit Kayseri Erciyesspor, and has remained in France since.
This season, Sylla is with Ligue 1 outfit Montpellier on loan from Rennes, and has played an important part in his loan side’s fight against relegation.
Making 14 league appearances, the Mail skipper has helped his side keep five points clear of the bottom three in the Ligue 1 table.
It remains to be seen where Sylla will play next season, with a contract at Rennes set to last until the summer of 2019.
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