By Russell Edge

Midfielder Jordan Veretout has secured a transfer from Aston Villa to Italian side Fiorentina.

The Villans confirmed the 24-year-old’s departure via their official Twitter account, as well as their club website, bringing an end to his two-year stint at the club.

Veretout endured a disappointing time at Villa Park, making just 29 appearances across all competitions for the club, failing to find the net but providing five assists.

Able to operate as a defensive or attacking midfielder, he spent the majority of last season on loan to French side Saint Etienne, turning out 43 times, scoring four goals and picking up a further five assists.

He was also a French Under-21 international, having earned himself eight caps for his country.

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Veretout always looked likely to depart the club this summer, even though Steve Bruce had never had the chance to see him in any competitive action for the Villans. He appeared reluctant to play in England’s second tier, and his time in France has convinced Fiorentina, who finished eighth in Serie A last season, to make a move for him. Bruce still has a whole host of options in the centre of the field, with new arrival Glenn Whelan another vying for a position in the starting XI, and as such, Veretout’s departure will be met with little sadness by fans or by the management team at Villa Park. A good move all round.

In other Aston Villa news, Mark Hughes has voiced his admiration for this Villan.

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