By Harvey Byrne
Left-back Aly Cissokho has departed Aston Villa after agreeing terms with Turkish top-flight side Yeni Malatyaspor, it has been confirmed on Wednesday.
The Turkish side announced via their official Twitter account that the 29-year-old defender had made the switch from Villa Park, agreeing a two-year deal.
29 yaşındaki Olympiakos forması giyen sol bek oyuncusu Aly Cissokho ile 2 yıllık anlaşmaya sağlanmıştır.Yeni Malatyaspor'umuza hayırlı olsun pic.twitter.com/QHcsW6qcXF
— Yeni Malatyaspor (@YMSkulubu) August 2, 2017
The official announcement follows on from a report from the Mirror on Monday claiming that Cissokho would exit the club after three years in the Midlands.
The Frenchman joined the Villa Park club in the summer of 2014 from Spanish giants Valencia after a difficult loan spell at Liverpool.
He agreed a four-year deal on his signing, but that has now been cut early with the club suffering relegation to the Championship since his signing.
The one-time capped France international played 58 times in total for Aston Villa during his time at the club, which also included loan spells at both Porto and Olympiacos.
Football Insider verdict:
Given that Jordan Amavi is even struggling to get into the Villa team at this moment in time there was certainly no room for an average defender in Cissokho and it is now for the best that he has left the club on a permanent basis. The left-back was likely to still be on a Premier League wage in the Championship and given his lack of ability and game time for the club it makes perfect sense that he has now departed. The Midlands giants boast the impressive Neil Taylor in their left-back ranks now and he will be expected to help the club make an attempt at Premier League promotion next season.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, these Euro giants have held talks with the representatives of this 23-year-old.