Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Steve Bruce has admitted that he didn’t want to sell Jordan Amavi during the summer transfer window, but the deal was too good for Aston Villa to turn down.
Amavi completed a permanent move away from Villa Park during the summer, ending a two-year spell with Villa by linking up with Marseille.
During his two-year spell with Villa, Amavi struggled with injuries, which limited the 23-year-old to just 48 appearances in claret and blue between 2015 and 2017.
Last season, under Roberto Di Matteo and then Bruce in the Sky Bet Championship, Amavi was used sparingly, as Villa struggled in the second-tier.
The left-back featured on 34 occasions in the Championship last season, but lost his place in the side to Neil Taylor during the second-half of the season.
Despite selling the out of favour defender during the summer, Bruce admitted to the Birmingham Mail he didn’t want to see Amavi leave, citing Financial Fair Play as the reason behind his sale, he said: “In the summer we had to get rid of players like Jordan Amavi, for instance.
“In an ideal world we didn’t want Amavi to go but the offer was too good for us and it enabled us to do what we needed to do.
“It’s not easy with FFP.”
In Amavi’s absence Villa are excelling in the Championship, and impressive back-to-back victories over Middlesbrough and Bristol City, prior to last weekend’s international break, moved Bruce’s side into fifth.
Villa face Nottingham Forest this weekend.
Last year, Bruce didn’t fancy Amavi, and was keen to bring Taylor to Villa Park as first choice left-back, which makes his recent admission a surprise.
However, Villa are short of left-back cover for Taylor this season, and it is easy to see where Amavi would fit into Bruce’s squad.
The 23-year-old appears to be doing well at Marseille, which will add to Bruce’s regret.
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