By Mark Smith

1st Mar, 2021 | 4:45pm

Aston Villa midfielder Morgan Sanson confirms Leeds interest before summer switch

Aston Villa midfielder Morgan Sanson has confirmed that Leeds United were “very interested” in signing him last summer.

The Whites and Villa have become big rivals in recent years, and have beaten each other once this season, although things have spilt over off the pitch.

Sanson moved to Dean Smith’s side in the summer from Marseille and has shared that he could have picked Elland Road the year before but didn’t feel ready.

Speaking to Canal in France, via the Yorkshire Evening Post, Sanson confirmed that it could have been Elland Road rather than Villa Park.

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

“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.”

Problem area.

This could have been the perfect signing for the Whites and Marcelo Bielsa.

Kalvin Phillips, Rodrigo, Jamie Shackleton and Pascal Struijk are all currently injured at Elland Road, leaving only a handful of midfield options available in the Premier League.

No one could have predicted that, but the French midfielder could have plugged these holes perfectly and make it his own under Marcelo Bielsa.

The 26-year-old has only come off the bench four times and completed 44 minutes in the Premier League, something he could be regretting at this moment.

We don’t know what changed from the summer until the winter window, but we hope to make Sanson regret that decision in the years to come.

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