Stan Collymore sends a message to Stiliyan Petrov

Stiliyan Petrov - Aston Villa

The midfielder will not be offered a playing contract at Aston Villa.

Stiliyan Petrov - Aston VillaStiliyan Petrov - Aston Villa

Stan Collymore has taken to Twitter to send a message to Stiliyan Petrov after it was confirmed that he will not be handed a contract by Aston Villa.

The former Villa captain has been training with the club this summer as he looks to make a return to his playing career, just four years after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

Stiliyan Petrov - Aston VillaStiliyan Petrov - Aston Villa

He recently appeared for Roberto di Matteo’s side in a friendly game, in a story that has inspired the world of football.

However, BBC Sport reported on Wednesday that the Villans will not be offering him a playing contract this summer, with a different unspecified role on the table instead.

And reacting to that news on Twitter, Collymore was keen to tell Petrov that he is still his hero regardless.

 

Ashley Young (L) celebrates with Stiliyan Petrov after scoring Aston Villa's first goalAshley Young (L) celebrates with Stiliyan Petrov after scoring Aston Villa's first goal

It now remains to be seen whether Petrov elects to take up the role with Aston Villa or move elsewhere this summer.

He clearly has his heart set on resuming his playing career but that will not be on offer at Villa Park.

Given the manner in which his story has caught the attention of the football world, there may be other clubs interested in him, and it will be interest to see what route he takes.

Celtic Legends' Stiliyan Petrov prepares to give his shirt to a supporterCeltic Legends' Stiliyan Petrov prepares to give his shirt to a supporter

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