Bouba Kamara finished runners up with Marseille in Ligue 1. He will join Aston Villa who finished in the bottom half of the Premier League on a free.
Bouba Kamara was over the moon over the deal. Upon signing for the club he said: “When I met with Steven, Christian (Purslow) and Johan (Lange) in my home I knew Aston Villa was for me. Their ambition and determination to succeed matches my own. I cannot wait for pre-season to get going.”
This decision, however, has infuriated former France winger Jerome Rothen. In an interview with RMC Sport Rothen said: “I don’t understand. The Premier League is the best league in Europe, but it has five or six headliners. Aston Villa are among the second-tier teams.
“Does Aston Villa have any star players? No. So they’re not going to fight for the top positions in the Premier League. I’d be surprised if they end up in the top 10, so they have very little chance of playing in any European competition.
“An international player is going to commit himself to a team 14th in the English league? Kamara will play with Bertrand Traore and Morgan Sanson? Sportingly, he will have a hard time (reaching the next level) at Aston Villa.”