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Roberto Di Matteo pledges to give youth a chance at Aston Villa next season

New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conference

The club have several exciting prospects on their hands.

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

Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo has spoken of his desire to promote youth at the club next season, in quotes published by BBC Sport.

The Italian is charged with rebuilding the Villains after a disastrous campaign last term which saw them finish bottom, collecting just 17 points along the way, and youth could be vital for his cause.

Everton's Leon Osman and Reading's Aaron Tshibola jump for a headerLeon Osman and Aaron Tshibola jump for a header

"I'm not shy of giving a young player a chance if he deserves it," said the former Chelsea manager.

"In my past I've always worked with young players and we certainly have some talented youngsters at the club."

Aston Villa's Mark Bunn, Carlos Sanchez and Kevin Toner look dejected after Arsenal's fourth goalAston Villa's Mark Bunn, Carlos Sanchez and Kevin Toner look dejected after Arsenal's fourth goal

"It's a results-driven business and the results need to be there but I'm not afraid of that. We'll be looking to progress our young players and helping them develop," he added.

The club has its fair share of decent prospects, with the likes of Andre Green and Kevin Toner given their Premier League bows towards the end of last season, and Di Matteo has also turned to youth in the transfer market.

Juventus' Simone Zaza scores the team's third goal past Hellas Verona's goalkeeper Pierluigi GolliniJuventus' Simone Zaza scores the team's third goal past goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini

Two 21-year olds have already arrived to bolster the squad – former Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola and Italian prospect Pierluigi Gollini – and the energy and hunger often seen in younger players could prove vital for Villa’s promotion push.

The coming weeks and months are set to be a tumultuous period for the club, with several outgoings and further incomings likely, and Di Matteo will need to call on every scrap of his managerial experience to ensure Villa come out the other end in good shape.

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