Aston Villa midfielder Mathieu Berson has joined Auxerre on a season's loan.
Berson has struggled to establish himself at Villa Park
The 25-year-old Frenchman signed a four-year contract when joining Villa for £1.6m from Nantes a year ago but only made 13 appearances last season.
Spanish side Espanyol made an approach for him in June but Berson is delighted to be returning to his homeland.
"Auxerre were very convincing. I wanted to come back to France and Auxerre did all they could to reach an agreement with Aston Villa," he said.