By Matt Farr
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has revealed the club has rejected a £25 million offer for Jordan Amavi – and fans on Twitter are delighted.
Xia tweeted the announcement in response to a report suggesting Marseille had made an £8.5million bid for the France defender, instead claiming the club had received, and rejected, a much bigger offer from an unnamed club.
Premier League duo Liverpool and Everton are also said to be prepared to rival Marseille for the Aston Villa left-back, but Xia insisted the player was not for sale.
The hands-off warning has delighted Aston Villa fans, who took to social media in response to Xia’s post.
Here are some of their messages on Twitter:
— Julie Bayley (@JulieBayleyIFA) December 27, 2016
— Clare (@eccles742) December 27, 2016
— Macca (@McGrath1874) December 27, 2016
— Mr M (@Milney18) December 27, 2016
— Ian Hart (@VillaHarty) December 27, 2016
— Steven AVFC (@stephanodavinci) December 27, 2016
— Jon Bowler (@jon_bowler) December 27, 2016
Well that's a true sign of intent from Villa then, no other Champ club would turn down that much 💪🙌
— Vital Villa (@VitalVilla) December 27, 2016
Amavi has become a first-team regular for the club this season, making 17 appearances in all competitions. Aston Villa are currently 10th in the Championship, a massive improvement since Steve Bruce took over in October.
Bruce’s side have now lost just twice in their last 10 league games, and are within just six points of the play-offs, with an instant return to the Premier League the ultimate goal for the former Hull and Sunderland boss.
In other Aston Villa news, Ian Taylor has delivered his verdict on Villa’s win over Burton.