Ex-Aston Villa man Joe Bennett tweets ahead of return to Villa Park with Cardiff City

General view before the game - Villa Park

Meanwhile, Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock has passed comment on Aston Villa's summer business.

Cardiff City’s Joe Bennett and Bristol City’s Jamie Paterson in action

Former Aston Villa defender Joe Bennett has taken to Twitter ahead of his return to Villa Park with Cardiff City.

Bennett spent four seasons a Villans player, but moved to the Cardiff City Stadium in August.

It was not the most amicable of departures, with a war of words ensuing between Bennett and Villa chairman Tony Xia on Twitter.

However, the 26-year-old claims he is looking forward to a reunion with some familiar faces on Saturday afternoon.

He posted:

Bennett is not the only former Villa player on Cardiff's books, with Kieran Richardson following him and Peter Whittingham to South Wales in October.

Meanwhile, Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock has admitted he smiled at some of Villa's signings after being overlooked for the manager's job in the summer.

The veteran boss was keen to succeed Remi Garde at Villa Park, but Roberto di Matteo was the club's preferred choice before he too was replaced, by current incumbent Steve Bruce, in October. 

Warnock told Wales Online: "I think with Steve and myself I think you get what you see. I was disappointed I did not get a chance with Villa in the summer if I'm honest, because I thought it would have been ideal to sort everything out. And that is why I am not surprised at all Steve has gone in and done really well.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock

"They wanted bigger names [than me] I think, they took the lad and that is how it goes. I must admit I did smile at a few of the signings and the money they spent.

"But I think Steve is the right one now. He knows its a massive club he will be looking forward to it. We have had some right battles over the year, he knows he is in for a tough game on Saturday."

Cardiff are five places and four points behind Villa ahead of their trip to the West Midlands.

New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce poses after the press conference

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