International midfielder: This is my biggest Aston Villa regret
By Matt Farr
Aston Villa flop Yacouba Sylla has admitted his biggest regret was failing to realise how big the club was during his time at Villa Park.
The 26-year-old struggled to make any lasting impression with the Midlands club following his arrival in January 2013, and was sold two years later with just 24 appearances to his name.
Sylla did, however, leave his mark – albeit a bad one – on the club’s finances, with Aston Villa cashing-in on the Mali international for a £1million loss in 2015.
But the midfielder has pinpointed a lack of respect for the club’s vast history as the main reason for his failure to succeed at Aston Villa and make an impact in the Premier League.
He told the Birmingham Mail: “At the time, we were the only club along with Manchester United that had never experienced relegation.
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“It was a club with great history, but back then I didn’t realise it. The facilities were incredible, the best groundsman in the world [Jonathan Calderwood] with a perfect pitch.
“The biggest error that I made during those two years was that I didn’t realise soon enough where I was.”
Sylla has already admitted that he follows the club’s exploits very closely despite his failed stint at the Birmingham-based side.
His ill-fated spell has not deterred his interest in his former side, revealing he still follows Aston Villa ‘every weekend’, and branding their Villa Park home as a ‘magical stadium.’
The 17-time capped Mali international is currently on loan at Montpellier from Ligue 1 rivals Stade Rennais until the end of the season.
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