Le Havre centre-back Harold Moukoudi has revealed that he turned down Aston Villa this summer in order to ‘build a career’.
The 20-year old looked set to join the Championship side after flying over from France for talks with Steve Bruce and to visit the club’s training base.
Birmingham Live reveal how the youngster told French media about the meeting with Steve Bruce but thought it wasn’t the best move at this stage of his career.
“I saw huge, impressive infrastructure. I had the feeling that their football and ours were not the same.”
“I went there to hear what the coach had to say to me. To see if it was interesting to leave. I took the time to think and I chose to stay in France.”
“In my family, we have certain values. Today, money is not really my first interest. I want to build a career, a great career.”
His decision was a big blow for Bruce and Villa who have looked poor defensively this season. They are yet to keep a clean sheet in the league and suffered a 4-1 defeat at Sheffield United last time out.
Villa could go back in for Moukoudi in January with the centre-back out of contract in the summer.
These comments may worry those connected with Aston Villa as Moukoudi was clearly not sold by what Bruce had to say.
The fact he flew over to England to discuss a deal suggests he was very open to joining but for whatever reason they didn’t get it over the line.
Whether the player will be interested in moving to Villa in January remains to be seen but he would certainly be an upgrade on what they have.
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