By Matt Farr

Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia has confirmed the club have rejected a £25million offer for defender Jordan Amavi.

The France left-back has been strongly linked with a move away in January, with French outlet LaProvence claiming that Marseille had already submitted an offer of £8.5 million to Aston Villa for Amavi – which is well below the club’s valuation of the player.

The reports found their way into Aston Villa fan circles, and many expressed concerns over the interest in Amavi, and one fan looked for backing from the club owner.

She tweeted Xia the report, to which the Villa chief responded in emphatic fashion, reassuring fans that the club have no intention of letting Jordan Amavi leave the club next month, confirming that the club had rejected a £25 million offer.

However, the Villa owner refused to name the club that made the offer, with Premier League duo Liverpool and Everton also said to be interested in the defender, alongside Marseille.

Speculation over Amavi’s future is set to continue as the January transfer window approaches, but Xia’s stance is sure to give fans confidence that the club want to keep one of their star performers.

Amavi has made 17 appearances for Villa this season, with the club 10th in the Championship after 23 games.

In other Aston Villa news, fans have reacted on Twitter as Ross McCormack ended his goal drought against Burton Albion.