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Amavi speaks out on failed Sevilla move

Jordan Amavi has spoken out about his failed summer move from Aston Villa to Sevilla, having joined Marseille towards the end of the transfer window.

Amavi was set to sign for the La Liga side last month but after taking his medical at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, reports claimed that he failed the examination due to his knee.

The youngster suffered a bad knee injury whilst on international duty with France’s U21 side last season, leaving him out of Villa’s start to the season and Sevilla indicated that their was a high risk of the problem returning.

Having travelled to Spain, Amavi returned to the Midlands to play in a pre-season friendly with Telford at the end of last month, before returning to pre-season training.

Amavi has now spoken out about his failed move to Seville and the events that surrounded his short stay in the Spanish city.

“During the medical, all goes well. No one says anything, ” he said.

“That evening, when I returned to my hotel, my agent called me and told me they didn’t want to sign me. He says they found something in my right knee, the one I had an operation on.

“I saw a specialist who was a foot specialist. Therefore, it had nothing to do with my injury. He made me do two or three tests.

“Basic ones, I mean, for a specialist… Even I was surprised. Then, that evening, I return to my hotel, and my agent calls me again and says they don’t want me.”

Amavi joined Villa two years ago from Nice for a fee around £9 million and made 36 appearances for the Midlands’ based side last season.

The French born defender began his career with Nice with his form impressing the French national setup, seeing him gain caps at U18, U20 and U21 level.

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