Aston Villa’s £15m signing admits he could leave after going through ‘hell’

Morgan Sanson is not ruling out a permanent move to Strasbourg after joining the Ligue 1 side on loan from Premier League giants Aston Villa during the January transfer window.

For all their ambition and good intentions, it’s fair to say that Aston Villa’s record in the transfer market, at least since promotion, can best be described as ‘mixed’.

And Morgan Sanson – a £14m Marseille signing who promised so much but ultimately delivered next to nothing – is certainly among the most disappointing. The former France Under-21 international managed just six Premier League starts in two years in the Midlands.

Emery on Sanson at Aston Villa
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And while injuries haven’t helped, it’s telling that among a string of Villa managers, Sanson never looked set to secure a first-team spot. From Dean Smith to Steven Gerrard and finally Unai Emery.

At least Sanson has left his “Villa Park hell” behind since he returned to France four months ago. The 28-year-old does not rule out staying in Strasbourg for a longer period of time; Last weekend, the Alsace team finally secured their fight for survival.

Morgan Sanson is likely to leave Aston Villa

“[Staying in Strasbourg]is not completely crazy,” says Sanson Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsace. “Sometimes unexpected things happen in football. We will see the future.

“I’m really very happy to join Strasbourg. I didn’t make (the choice) wrong. I had to show everyone that I wasn’t dead.”

Sanson has played 16 times in Ligue 1 LeRacing. With two years left on his contract at Aston Villa, however, it remains to be seen whether Strasbourg can come up with the transfer fee that the Conference League-chasing club are likely to want.

Aston Villa, meanwhile, are planning to make another splash on the market in Emery’s first summer at the helm.

A number of ambitious and eye-catching transfer targets have been linked. Among them are Real Madrid’s multiple Champions League winner Marco Asensio, Villarreal defender Pau Torres and Barcelona forward Ferran Torres.

Harvey Barnes, Leicester City’s speed machine, too.

Walsall vs Aston Villa – pre-season friendly
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