By Callum O'Connell

27th Jul, 2023 | 11:10am

Aston Villa get cash banked as Morgan Sanson seals move, pundit predicts more exits

We’re delighted to welcome former Aston Villa full-back Alan Hutton as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Villa Park…

Alan Hutton has insisted that Morgan Sanson leaving the club on loan to OGC Nice this season was the right decision for all parties, as Villa may not have been able to get their valuation of him from a permanent deal.

The Frenchman left the club to join Nice on a season-long loan deal, following impressive performances in Ligue 1 for Strasbourg during his loan spell last season.

Hutton claimed that Villa may have preferred to let Sanson leave the club permanently, to bring in a transfer fee and get the player off the books, but admitted a loan move was probably best for all parties.

“I think it was one of those times where you’re probably best moving on. That’s what they would have wanted, it gets him off the books, gets the money in, that sort of thing.” he exclusively told Villa News.

“It’s difficult when you’re a player that’s not played a lot of football, I know he was on loan last season, but when you’ve not really been playing it’s difficult to get the fee in that you would like, or what you’d see his value at.

“Going out on loan again is probably the right decision. Hopefully, he goes there, does really well, and then he can move on because, at this moment in time, you can’t really see his future being at Aston Villa.

“You can’t work with too many players, you need a certain number that the manager would like to work with on a daily basis, so to get the players in that he would like to work with means you have to move some out. I imagine this process will go on all the way up to the end of the window.”

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