Di Matteo sanctions Aston Villa to clinch loan deal for £10m midfielder - report
By Amir Mir
Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo is willing to allow midfielder Jordan Veretout to leave the club on loan, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail claim that the recently appointed Villa manager is unable to provide regular game time for the club’s £10million signing and is ready to grant him a temporary move to rebuild his shattered confidence.
Di Matteo has new signing Aaron Tshibola, academy graduate Gary Gardner, and Jordan Lyden, including Ashley Westwood all vying for that central-midfield berth.
Veretout made a £10million switch from France last summer for then-manager Tim Sherwood, but has subsequently struggled for form and regular game time as his side were relegated into the second-tier last term.
It is said the Midlands club want the Frenchman to go out on loan, so they do not end up selling the midfielder on the cheap, which will result in the club losing a big chunk of their investment.
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La Liga outfit Real Betis have joined the race to sign the 23-year-old, who is attracting interest from his homeland of France as stated by the Birmingham Mail.
Despite Veretout’s struggles during his 25 games for the club last season, the central-midfielder did provide five assists for the Villa Park club.
But, it now seems his time in the Midlands is nearing an end as teammate Idrissa Gueye reportedly undergoes a medical at Premier League club Everton on Thursday afternoon.
Di Matteo has spoken openly about trimming his large squad with Veretout most likely to leave with Gueye and Spaniard Carles Gil making a return home, the Italian is slowly beginning to mould his squad for the forthcoming Championship campaign.
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