Le Havre defender Harold Moukoudi has cited family values as the reason why he turned down the chance to move to Aston Villa this summer, according to the website france bleau.
The 20-year-old only made his senior debut for the club back in October 2016 but a string of impressive performances saw him attract concrete interest from the West Midlands outfit.
With veteran centre-back John Terry deciding to leave the Villains at the end of last season, Steve Bruce’s men were on the lookout for defensive reinforcements, with the club making a late bid for Moukoudi.
However, the France under-20 international admitted that whilst he was flattered by Villa’s determination in bringing him to England, he felt he would be better off continuing his development with Le Havre.
“I saw huge, impressive infrastructure,” Moukoudi is quoted as saying said. “I had the feeling that their football and ours were not the same.
“I went there to hear what the coach had to say to me. To see if it was interesting to leave. I took the time to think and I chose to stay in France.
“In my family, we have certain values. Today, money is not really my first interest. I want to build a career, a great career.
“And according to us, going abroad after only one year of professionalism, it was probably a little too early.
“Despite the great offers, we decided that the best solution was to stay. To stay another year in France and the club, at least.
“To improve myself and become even better. Then we’ll see.”
After missing out on promotion to the Premier League in last year’s play-off final, Villa have made a mixed start to the current campaign and currently find themselves sitting in 12th place in the league standings, with two wins from their opening six matches.
The Villains return to domestic action on Saturday evening, when they travel to take on 13th-placed Blackburn Rovers, with just goal difference separating the two sides.