Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has sparked a debate among fans regarding the future of Jordan Veretout.
The 24-year-old was shipped out on loan to St Etienne at the start of the campaign after he failed to impress in his first season at Villa Park.
While at the Ligue 1 club, the midfielder has made 26 top-flight appearances, scoring two goals and registering three assists.
On Sunday, Xia suggested on Twitter that Veretout has attracted interest from a handful of clubs and that the player may need convincing to remain at the Championship outfit.
Even some clubs offered interest, maybe we should persuade JV back Villa next season????????????? https://t.co/fCyKzpYqro
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) March 19, 2017
Veretout signed for the Villans from Nantes in 2015 for a fee believed to be in the region of £7m.
He went on to make 25 appearances in the Premier League and nabbed five assists but failed to find the back of the net once.
With the summer transfer window just around the corner, Xia’s tweet has encouraged fans to give their thoughts.
Some believe that Veretout should be welcomed back, while others are ready to cut ties.
@Dr_TonyXia Jordan and Gil would rip the championship apart
— James (@JPainter_) March 19, 2017
— Dan Bardell TVV (@danbardell) March 19, 2017
@Dr_TonyXia YES TONY! He's a good player. Will only improve our squad.
— Jatinder (@jSG50) March 19, 2017
@Dr_TonyXia would be great if he stayed ????????????
— Shelley (@ShelleyOzzy) March 19, 2017
@Dr_TonyXia He's under contract, we don't need to persuade him.
— Isa (@issassin) March 19, 2017
— James Lloyd (@LloydyAVFC) March 19, 2017
@Dr_TonyXia I thought he was awful. Bring back Gil instead
— Arron (@roberts_arron) March 19, 2017
@Dr_TonyXia No ta. Didn't want to play 4 us. So forget him.
— HOLTEENDER4LIFE (@ONELOVEAVFC) March 19, 2017
@Dr_TonyXia he's our player Tony…let him develop until the end of the season and then sit him in a strong midfield for promotion next year
— deano barnwell (@deanothemod) March 19, 2017
— GT ???? (@gfunkvilla83) March 19, 2017
@Dr_TonyXia we should definitely try. He was a star in France, was treated terribly when he joined us. Sherwood didn't speak to him.
— TW Villan (@Villafanblog) March 19, 2017
@Dr_TonyXia if you have to persuade him don't bother we only want people who want to be here
— davidAVFCfortnam (@davidfortnam1) March 19, 2017