By Coral Barry

Aston Villa target Yeltsin Tejeda says he would love to play in England but revealed his aim is to remain in France.

The Evian midfielder has been linked with a move to the Midlands club in recent weeks with French media claiming the Villians were leading the race for the 24-year-old.

However, Tejeda has now insisted he is happy in France and said if he was to move it could just as easily be to Spain.

“We know that there are important leagues like Spain or England who have always caught my attention and would be a dream to reach them, but let’s take it step by step,” said Tejeda speaking to French publication Le Dauphine, as translated by the Birmingham Mail.

“In France there have been contacts, before the end of the Championship I had been approached by some clubs of the first division. I hope to stay there [France] because I like the league.

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“There are many things in between to be solved, but out of respect I cannot say. We are hoping this week to stay defined and say something. They are trying to do everything possible for my future.”

The defensive midfielder has impressed during his two seasons with the Rhone-Alpes-based club, but still proved unable to prevent them from suffering consecutive relegations as Evian tumbled into the third division of French football.

Tejeda has another two seasons left on his contract, but is expected to be available for a cut-price deal.

The Costa Rica international starred in 27 encounters for Evian in all competitions during the 2015-16 season.

In other Aston Villa news, one of the last remaining popular figure at Villa Park has announced he wants to stay at the club.