Tony Xia tells Roberto di Matteo to sell the bad Aston Villa players

New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

Aston Villa are expected to be busy in this summer transfer window.

New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conferenceNew owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

Speaking to theBirmingham Mail, Aston Villa owner Tony Xia says he has told Roberto di Matteo to sell the players who are bad for the team.

The Chinese businessman completed a takeover of the club earlier this month and then moved to secured the former Chelsea boss as his first managerial appointment.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo during the press conferenceNew manager Roberto Di Matteo during the press conference

A major overhaul of the squad is expected this summer as the club looks to build for what will be a difficult Championship campaign.

A number of arrivals are likely to arrive at Villa Park, with Di Matteo having been promised funds to make the required additions.

First though he must look to move on some of the current playing squad given how poorly they performed in the Premier League last season.

Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott, Ciaran Clark, Alan Hutton, Ashley Westwood and Mark BunnAston Villa's Joleon Lescott, Ciaran Clark, Alan Hutton, Ashley Westwood and Mark Bunn

And Xia says he has told his new manager to move on any members of the squad that are bad for the team.

“I said he needs money to get the right players and move out the ones who are really bad for this team,” he told the Birmingham Mail.

“We will support the management team to do the right things. We are going to have our rules, our code of conduct and if someone steps outside there are certainly going to be consequences."

It will certainly be interesting to see what work that Aston Villa can do in the summer transfer window.

They may be keen to sell their players, but that is likely to be a difficult task given how most of the squad performed last season.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo and New owner Dr Tony Xia pose after the press conferenceNew manager Roberto Di Matteo and New owner Dr Tony Xia pose after the press conference

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