Aston Villa midfielder opens up on Leeds United 'interest' last summer

ASTON Villa midfielder Morgan Sanson says there was interest from Leeds United last summer - but that the time was not right to leave Marseille.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 3:05 pm
Updated Monday, 1st March 2021, 3:08 pm

Instead, the former France under-21s player departed Marseille for Villa in January, joining the club for a fee believed to be around £16 million.

Sanson, 26, faced Leeds at the weekend after coming on as a 79th-minute substitute for Jacob Ramsey as his side left with a 1-0 victory.

Speaking to French television channel Canal+, Sanson said of his career so far: “I’ve known everything in Ligue 1, especially with Montpellier and Marseille, so I was at a point where I was wondering: ‘why not go abroad?

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WHITES INTEREST: Says Aston Villa midfielder Morgan Sanson, front, whilst he was at Marseille. Photo by Nick Potts - Pool/Getty Images.

“Since I was little I have always had a special affection for this championship (the Premier League).

Aston Villa are a big club in England, but it could have been another club the summer before.

"There was Leeds who were very interested, but I felt that was not the time.“

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Thank you Laura Collins