Date of birth: 1st March 1993
Place of birth: Ancenis, France
Year signed: 2015
Signed from: FC Nantes
Fee paid: Undisclosed (believed to be £8 million)
Having started playing football aged six with FC Belligne St. Sauveur, Jordan Veretout joined FC Nantes, which has the most successful academy in French football, at the age of ten and worked his way through the ranks of one of France’s most iconic clubs.
He made his professional début on 13th May 2011 as a substitute in a game against Sedan.
His first start for FC Nantes came on the opening day of the 2011-12 season in the League Cup and it was in this season that Veretout cemented a starting spot, playing all but five of his team’s Ligue 2 games.
Able to fill any central role, whether defensive or attacking, Veretout was used in a variety of positions and this limited his attacking threat but he was still an integral part of the French side’s promotion-winning 2012-13 campaign.
As the Canaries returned to Ligue 1 for the first time in four years, Veretout held his own.
Having enjoyed a very productive start to the 2014-15 season, scoring six times and providing five assists in the first eighteen games, Veretout was soon regarded as one of the hottest young prospects in France. Although he only scored two more goals, which came in the final two games of the 2014-15 season, he still created an impressive seventy-two goal-scoring chances and managed fifty-two shots.
The highly-regarded French midfielder joined Aston Villa on 31st July 2015 for an undisclosed fee believed to be approximately £8 million, signing a five-year deal with the club.
He made his first appearance for his new team as a substitute in a pre-season friendly against Nottingham Forest and made his competitive début on the opening day of the 2015-16 season, when the Villans beat newly-promoted Bournemouth 0-1 at the Vitality Stadium.
Veretout has represented France at youth level and was a member of the Under-20 side that won the World Cup in 2013, scoring a penalty in the final. He has since moved up to the Under-21 side, making eight appearances at this level to date.