Hutton: This is real reason Arsenal target Amavi failed to cut it at Aston Villa

A lack of confidence and a need to sell stopped Arsenal target Jordan Amavi from becoming a “top player” at Aston Villa, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 27-year-old was let down by his teammates in a “struggling” Villa side.

French news outlet Le 10 Sport claim Arsenal are considering offering the left-back a Premier League return if he does not sign a new contract at Marseille.

Amavi, who joined Marseille from Villa on an initial loan deal in 2017, will be out of contract next summer.

The full-back suffered a serious knee injury during his first season in England.

Having watched from the sidelines as the club were relegated, he spent one season in the Championship before returning back to France.

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Hutton suggested Amavi found it difficult to rebuild his confidence in a struggling Villa side and that the club needed to cash in on him as an asset.

Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge. We’re going back five years. I still see him as a young boy, it’s crazy. That was a tough time for all involved.

“He was a fantastic player, very young. A really attacking full-back and you could see that he had quality.

“The only problem he had was he was playing in a team that was struggling. We all know that, we all know what happened and it was difficult for everybody.

“I wouldn’t say they gave up on him. I think he was one of the assets and they knew he was a top player.

“There was obviously interest in him and going down, it’s part of what happens. Good players tend to leave so I think that was one of those situations.

“He did have a tough time, he was in and out the team. I think he did struggle with confidence towards the end. Maybe a move back to France, where he knew the league and knew everyone, he could rebuild that confidence.”

In other news, Aston Villa have set their sights on signing the “next Jack Grealish” this summer.