Aston Villa owner Tony Xia comments on Petrov situation on Twitter

Former Aston Villa player Stiliyan Petrov

The Villans owner hopes the Bulgarian will help the club in "other, better ways" after he failed to earn a playing contract.

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

Aston Villa owner Dr. Tony Xia has spoken out following the decision not to offer a contract to Stiliyan Petrov.

Manager Roberto di Matteo confirmed on Wednesday that Petrov, who joined the Villans for pre-season training and appeared in recent friendly matches, will not return to Villa Park in a playing capacity (BBC).

The Bulgarian spent seven seasons a Villa player, but retired from football in 2013 after being diagnosed with an acute form of leukaemia a year earlier.

Former Aston Villa player Stiliyan PetrovPetrov pictured during his recovery

Now back to full health following a lengthy battle, Petrov could yet help the club in what Xia describes as "other, better ways".

"I admired and appreciated what Petrov did," wrote the Chinese billionaire. "We'd also respect professional judgement.

"Di Matteo and I hope Petrov will help the club in other, better ways!"

Xia completed his reported £76 million takeover of Villa earlier this summer and his frequent social media interactions seem to be going down well with those of a claret and blue persuasion.

One Twitter user, Dave Vickers, replied: "Thank you for interacting with the fans Tony, it's fantastic after years and years from Randy (Lerner, Xia's predecessor)".

Villa are looking to bounce back from last season's relegation at the very first attempt and have added a trio of signings as well as hiring Di Matteo as successor to Remi Garde.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conferenceNew Villa boss Di Matteo

Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, centre-back Tommy Elphick and midfielder Aaron Tshibola have all arrived at Villa Park so far, with a striker next on the Villans' list.

Bournemouth's Tommy ElphickFormer Bournemouth skipper Elphick is one of three new recruits

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