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Jordan Amavi returns to first team training

Villa left back Jordan Amavi returned to first team training Monday - let's all hope it means he's willing to stick around this season.

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Left back Jordan Amavi was one of Villa's only bright spots during last year's season of misery. The 22 year old Frenchman began his career at Villa by turning in some excellent performances, often getting forward on a consistent basis and acting as one of Villa's most dangerous attacking threats despite having to come from the left back position to do so. He suffered a serious injury on international duty a few weeks into the season, however, and has been sidelined for the over eight months since.

On Monday, as new manager Roberto Di Mateo took charge of his first training session as Villa boss, Amavi was present and healthy. While his presence is encouraging for all Villa fans who should be hopeful of seeing him remain in claret and blue this season, Amavi has reportedly had multiple suitors so far this summer. Liverpool, Nice, and AC Milan are said to be interested in acquiring his services, and his former manager at Nice, Claude Puel, has taken over at Southampton, fueling speculation Amavi may be interesting in traveling to England's south coast. One other potential point of interest is that Amavi wore 33 in training this afternoon - last season he wore 23 for Villa. This may be no news at all, or may mean that his time at Villa is coming to a close.

If Amavi somehow does stay, and it appears as if Jordan Ayew has no intention of leaving, Villa will be handed a massive boost. Both were players many expected to jump ship this summer both because of their performances deserving of top level football - having them on hand for a grueling Championship campaign would be invaluable.

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