Dr Tony Xia
Xia has replied strongly on Twitter when asked if there is any friction between him and Di Matteo.
According to The Birmingham Mail, Xia pulled the plug on Joe Bennett’s proposed move to Sheffield Wednesday in the summer transfer window.
It has been claimed that Villa manager Di Matteo was happy to let the defender move to the Owls, but the Chinese businessman reportedly stopped the switch because he did not want to lose him to a potential Championship promotion rival.
Roberto Di Matteo
Villa’s start to the 2016-17 Championship campaign has also been disappointing.
The Villans lost 1-0 Wednesday away from home at the Hillsborough Stadium in the league last weekend.
Then on Wednesday evening, Villa went down 3-1 to Luton Town away from home in the first round of the EFL Cup.
Xia has dismissed suggestions that recent results and the Bennett situation have created a problem between him and Di Matteo.
Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo
Is there any friction between you and RDM after results and the Bennett turnaround @Dr_TonyXia— The AVFC Faithful (@AVFCLions) August 11, 2016
No. I and RDM and others have been working together very well. We communicate well. Don't be fooled by agents&others https://t.co/eFf9wwRxhm— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 11, 2016
Don't make story with me&RDM. RDM chose the team&board made decisions not giving out for free especially to a rival! No more silly deals !— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 11, 2016
Roberto Di Matteo and Dr Tony Xia