Veretout wants Villa win for Christmas

Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout is looking forward to his first taste of Boxing Day football, but is desperate to pick up some points.

The 22-year-old Frenchman is new to English football after joining the Villans from Ligue 1 side Nantes, but it has been a rough introduction to the Premier League, with his new club bottom of the standings after suffering 12 defeats already.

"It's a new feeling for me over Christmas – and one I'm really looking forward to," he told the club’s official website.

"We have the game at Newcastle coming up this weekend and we're determined to pick up a good result there.

"Then we're really into the festive period as we take on West Ham on Boxing Day. It's a dream for me to be able to play in a Boxing Day match.

"It's not something I've experienced before but I've seen a lot of Premier League matches over the years and it's a tradition over here. I can't wait."

Villa are a full six points behind second-last Sunderland in the standings and without a victory since opening day, and with things looking increasingly bleak for the West Midlands giants, Veretout is hoping to turn things around in the new year.

"Obviously people talk about presents at this time of year and for me, it's about bringing Villa up the table and saving us from relegation – that's my aim and the aim of the entire squad," he said.