Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia in the stands
Aston Villa chairman Tony Xia has hit back at claims from Rangers manager Mark Warburton regarding the sale transfer of Joleon Lescott to Ibrox.
Rangers’ move to sign Lescott from Aston Villa on a free transfer collapsed earlier this week.
New manager Roberto Di Matteo and New owner Dr Tony Xia pose after the press conference
The press gave differing reasons behind the failure of this deal.
Aston Villa chairman Xia then tweeted regarding the deal collapsing:
No. Lescott didn't feel happy with personal term missed which the boss promised. RDM& I are men clear with words! https://t.co/RIjxaISAUP— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 19, 2016
However, speaking after Rangers’ 2-1 win over Motherwell at Ibrox yesterday Warburton made it clear family reasons were behind Lescott’s decision, before claiming Xia’s statement was ‘absolute nonsense’ – as reported by the Daily Record.
Now Xia has hit back again.
Arsenal's Jack Wilshere in action with Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott
He tweeted last night, in response to the comments from the Rangers boss:
I don't know others. I don't lie and know RDM is very honest. https://t.co/jjVyyAnmDL— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 20, 2016
Warburton was clearly not pleased with the Villa chairman but it seems that the spat between Glasgow and the Midlands did not die with the Rangers’ manager’s ‘nonsense’ claim.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton
Rangers fans, and most likely Warburton, will now like to move on. The club must now secure a new defender, with Philippe Senderos looking likely to head to Ibrox in the coming days.