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Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Jul 11:12

Celtic have fourth bid of £2.75m for Scott Sinclair rejected by Aston Villa as club hold out for £5m fee

Celtic have had a fourth bid for Scott Sinclair turned down by Aston Villa. Brendan Rodgers has identified the winger as integral to his hopes of taking the club back into the Champions League.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 22 Jul 14:52

Aston Villa loan Gil to Deportivo

Aston Villa attacking midfielder Carles Gil signs a year-old loan deal with Spanish top-slight side Deportivo La Coruna

Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 22 Jul 14:50

Aston Villa ready to hijack Norwich's £10m bid to sign Fulham striker Ross McCormack amid fears of losing star Jordan Ayew

Aston Villa are threatening Norwich's bid for Fulham striker Ross McCormack. Roberto di Matteo wants a proven finisher and fears he may lose Jordan Ayew who is wanted by Hamburg and Bordeaux.

Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 22 Jul 12:46

Premier League managers as players: What was your boss like on the pitch before he took his place in the dugout?

Sportsmail has taken a look at the top flight managers who could still be here come August and the two confirmed arrivals for next season to see how their time on the pitch panned out.

ESPN FC - Aston Villa News 21 Jul 11:15

Aston Villa will not offer Stiliyan Petrov new contract - Roberto Di Matteo

Stiliyan Petrov was Aston Villa captain when he was diagnosed with leukaemia four years ago. Stiliyan Petrov will not be offered a playing contract at Aston Villa despite attempting to make his comeback. The Bulgarian midfielder has been training with Villa this summer after battling back from leukaemia, following his diagnosis in 2012. Petrov initially retired from playing three years ago but was invited on Villa's preseason trip to Austria with a view to impressing first-team coaches, although the club have now confirmed he will not make a return to on-field action. Boss Roberto Di Matteo...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 21 Jul 00:27

Petrov not offered Villa playing deal

Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov is told he will not be offered a playing contract after returning to training.

Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 21 Jul 00:00

Aston Villa have £5m bid for Bristol City striker Jonathan Kodija rejected

The Paris-born forward was signed by Steve Cotterill last summer for £2.1m from Angers and emerged as one of the finds of the season as he scored 20 goals in his first campaign in England.

Aston Villa – 20 Jul 22:04

Di Matteo explains decision not to give Petrov Villa playing deal

Stiliyan Petrov will not be offered a playing contract at Aston Villa despite attempting to make his comeback.

The Bulgarian midfielder has been training with Villa this summer after battling back from leukaemia, following his diagnosis in 2012.

Petrov initially retired from playing three years ago but was invited on Villa’s pre-season trip to Austria with a view to impressing first-team coaches, although the club have now confirmed he will not make a return to on-field action.

Boss Roberto Di Matteo has, however, offered him an opportunity to remain at the club in a different, as yet unspecified, role.

Di Matteo told the club’s official website: “Stiliyan is an inspiration to all of us.

“I have spoken to him and explained my thoughts and offered him the chance to remain at the club.

“Stiliyan is going to discuss this with his family before coming back to us.”

Petrov, who made 219 appearances for Villa’s senior team after joining from Celtic in 2006, trained with Villa’s Under-21s last season.

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Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 20 Jul 21:16

Stiliyan Petrov will not be offered Aston Villa playing contract despite return to training after four-year absence

Despite making a sensational return to professional football during pre-season, Aston Villa have decided against offering former captain Stiliyan Petrov a playing contract.

ESPN FC - Aston Villa News 20 Jul 18:38

Where would Guzan fit at Boro?

ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik breaks down what Brad Guzan's move to Middlesbrough could mean for the goalkeeper.

ESPN FC - Aston Villa News 20 Jul 13:38

Middlesbrough keen to sign Brad Guzan from Aston Villa - sources

ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik breaks down what Brad Guzan's move to Middlesbrough could mean for the goalkeeper. With reports indicating that Middlesbrough are closing in on Robin van Persie's signature, the ESPN FC panel debate the move. Middlesbrough are in talks to sign U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan from Aston Villa, sources close to the North East club have told ESPN FC. Guzan's future at Villa has been in doubt since the club's relegation and the Championship club are willing to let him move on as they look to trim their wage bill. The 31-year-old came in for criticism from some fans last season as Villa struggled and he lost his place in the starting XI to Mark Bunn for the final few weeks of 2015-16. The recent arrival of goalkeeper...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 19 Jul 13:01

Di Matteo chasing another striker

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo wants to sign another striker but knows he must cut down his playing squad first.

ESPN FC - Aston Villa News 19 Jul 00:40

Di Matteo hoping to recruit strikers

New Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo says he wants to bring in strong attacking talent to his side for the upcoming season.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 12 Jul 13:08

Di Matteo not afraid to play youngsters

New Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo is "not shy" of giving young players a chance in the Championship this season.

Aston Villa – 12 Jul 08:54

Paper Talk: Chelsea set for triple swoop; Everton eye Juve star

Chelsea are being linked with a swoop for two Euro 2016 stars and a former Man Utd target, while Everton are eyeing a £25.5m bid for a Juventus defender, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.



Chelsea are being linked with moves for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario and Lazio winger Felipe Anderson – while they’re also tipped to finally launch an official bid for N’Golo Kante.

Mario has just returned to Lisbon following Portugal’s success at Euro 2016, and the midfielder is wanted by new Blues boss Antonio Conte this summer. Portuguese paper A Bola report the midfielder will be sold by Sporting – but only if a club matches their €60million valuation (£50.8million). However, reports elsewhere on Tuesday suggest the Blues are only willing to spend €40million for the player – which is just short of £34million.

It’s a similar story with Lazio winger Anderson – a player who was very much on Manchester United’s radar under the tenure of Louis van Gaal.

Reports in the Italian press claim the Brazilian, 23, has recently changed agents to Giuliano Bertolucci, who himself has close ties to Kia Joorabchian. Both Bertolucci and Joorabchian have what is described as “strong ties” at Stamford Bridge – and are currently talking with the Blues about a £30million swoop.

Meanwhile, both the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph claim the Blues will launch an official bid for N’Golo Kante – and are prepared to go higher than the France star’s £20million release clause to beat a host of their rivals to the player.

That comes after Chinese club Shanghai SIPG launched a £35m bid for the player, and while the Telegraph claim the midfielder has ruled out a move to China, Chelsea will now have to negotiate a fee with Premier League champions after activating his clause. It is not anticipated they will have to go as high as £35million, however.

The 25-year-old has turned down a new £100,000-a-week contract at Leicester and Chelsea are hopeful they can now reach an agreement for the man widely regarded as the player of last season.



Daniele Rugani: Linked with a move to Everton

Everton have made an offer of £25.5m for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, according to reports in Italy.

Italian outlet Calcio Mercato say that the offer for the centre-back includes bonuses.

However, the same report states that Juve want to keep hold of the 21-year-old.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is keen to strengthen his defence, especially with John Stones’ constantly being linked with a move away from Goodison Park to Manchester City.

After a loan spell with the Old Lady in 2012-13, Rugani joined them permanently last year.He made 17 Serie A appearances last season, with the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini ahead of him in the pecking order.Calico Mercato claim that Juventus have told Rugani that he will get more first team football next season should he stay. 

PAPER TALK ITALIA: Arsenal are ready to offer €60m plus Giroud for Higuain


Mario Gotze: Opted to stay at Bayern Munich

The FA will speak to Hull City boss Steve Bruce about the England manager’s job this week (Daily Telegraph)

Sam Allardyce has quit Sunderland’s Austria training camp to fly home for England talks (The Sun)

Allardyce is ready to mentor a successor if he is appointed England manager (The Guardian)

Manchester City are hoping for a breakthrough this week in their efforts to sign Leroy Sane (Daily Telegraph)

Celtic are weighing up a third bid for Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair (Daily Telegraph)

Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho faces a fresh legal battle over his doping verdict (Daily Telegraph)

Midfielders Juan Mata, 28, and Bastian Schweinsteiger, 31, and defenders Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind (both 26) have all been deemed surplus to requirements by new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (Daily Record)

Villarreal have joined Everton in the race to sign United midfielder Mata (Daily Express)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is targetting Atletico Madrid star Lucas Hernandez (The Sun)

Veteran former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger could make a shock move to Liverpool 

Roberto Di Matteo is ready to axe the deadwood from his bloated squad, with Brad Guzan, Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Leo Bacuna and Gabby Agbonlahor all facing uncertain futures (The Sun)

Colombian forward Marlos Moreno, 19, will sign for Manchester City on a five-year deal, but will then spend next season on loan in La Liga at Deportivo La Coruna (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace transfer target Christian Benteke, 25, is not on the brink of leaving Liverpool, according to the striker’s agent (London Evening Standard)

David Beckham has written a message to Marcus Rashford on the back of a Manchester United shirt (The Sun)

Inter Milan have put a £43m price tag on 23-year-old forward Mauro Icardi, who is a target for Tottenham (AS)

Pep Guardiola left Carlo Ancelotti a good luck message in the Bayern Munich manager’s office (Daily Mirror)

West Ham chairman David Sullivan fears the transfer market has “gone barmy” and is spiralling out of control (Daily Mirror)

Martin Skrtel is due to arrive in Istanbul on Tuesday to complete his £5.5m move to Fenerbahce (Daily Mirror)

Leicester full-back Danny Simpson is a shock £4m target for Sunderland (Daily Mirror)

Graziano Pelle’s move from Southampton to Chinese side Shandong Luneng has made the 30-year-old striker the sixth-best paid player in the world on £260,000 a week (The Sun)

Manchester United are stepping up their efforts to sign West Ham wonderkid Reece Oxford (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea have sent coach Andy Myers on loan to Dutch link-club Vitesse Arnhem (Daily Mirror)

West Ham have told their Euro 2016 sensation Dimitri Payet he is going nowhere this summer, even if he tells them he wants out (Daily Mail)

Manchester City are lining up a bid for either of Barcelona’s two goalkeepers Marc-Andre ter Stegen or Claudio Bravo (Daily Mail)

Wolves are leading the race to sign former Manchester United youngster Nick Powell (Daily Mail)

Tottenham have not made an approach for Mario Gotze, contrary to reports in Germany (Daily Mail)

Liverpool are out of the race to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze, leaving Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund to compete for the 24-year-old (Liverpool Echo)

Aston Villa are interested in Bristol City striker Jonathan Kodjia, 26, who scored 20 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions last season (Birmingham Mail)

Burnley have suffered a double blow after failing with bids for Derby midfielder Jeff Hendrick, 24, and Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens, 26 (Daily Mirror)

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 11 Jul 14:54

Petrov can play 'big part' at Villa

Returning midfielder Stiliyan Petrov can play a significant part in Aston Villa's season says left-back Joe Bennett.

ESPN FC - Aston Villa News 10 Jul 14:59

Aston Villa sign midfielder Aaron Tshibola from Reading

Aaron Tshibola has joined up with the Aston Villa squad in Austria after completing his move from Reading. Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of midfielder Aaron Tshibola from Reading for an undisclosed fee. Tshibola, 21, has joined the Championship club on a four-year deal and flown straight out to Austria to team up with Roberto Di Matteo's squad on their preseason training camp. "I am very happy that Aaron has joined," Di Matteo said. "He's a highly-rated and well respected young player who will provide us with plenty of energy, courage and determination in the middle of the park. Breaking news:...

Aston Villa – 10 Jul 11:55

Petrov plays for Villa four years after leukaemia fight

Stiliyan Petrov made his first Aston Villa appearance in more than four years as Roberto Di Matteo’s side hammered Austrians Gak 1902 8-0.

Petrov played the second half as Villa romped home over their Austrian sixth-tier opponents, the 37-year-old stepping up his comeback after beating leukaemia.

Bulgaria midfielder Petrov last turned out for Villa in March 2012, before retiring due to his illness.

The 105-cap international confirmed his comeback earlier this summer, and has now duly donned Villa’s claret and blue on their pre-season tour.

What a sight! @StanPetrov19 back in the #AVFC shirt. ��� #AVFCinAustria

— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) July 9, 2016

A Jordan Ayew double and goals from Micah Richards and Libor Kozak put Villa in total control, leading 4-0 at the break.

New boss Di Matteo changed the entire team at half-time, and braces from Joe Bennett and Rudy Gestede ensured Villa coasted home.

Middlesbrough started preparations for their Premier League return by thrashing York City 6-0 at Bootham Crescent.

Jordan Rhodes netted twice, with David Nugent, Albert Adomah and Adam Reach all on target, and luckless York goalkeeper Scott Flinders registering an own goal.

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Aston Villa – 7 Jul 11:29

TV fixture changes announced, Man Utd most affected

The first set of televised fixtures for the 2016/17 Premier League season have been announced by Sky Sports and BT Sport.

Premier League champions Leicester will kick off the season in the first televised game, with their opener against Hull live on Sky Sports at 12:30pm on Saturday, August 13.

BT begin their coverage with the evening game on August 13, with Pep Guardiola’s first taste of Premier League football coming against Sunderland.

The first Monday Night Football of the new season will be a London derby between Chelsea and West Ham, while Manchester United host the maiden live Friday fixture, as Southampton travel to Old Trafford on August 19.

On Saturday, September 10, Jose Mourinho and Guardiola will clash in the first Manchester derby of the season at Old Trafford, with the fixture live on Sky at 12:30.

Unsurprisingly, United have been given the most televised fixtures in the first batch from August to September, with six. Chelsea, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City, Sunderland and West Ham all have four, while every team has at least one game televised before October.


Full TV fixtures

Saturday 13 August
Hull City v Leicester City (Sky Sports, 12:30)
Manchester City v Sunderland (BT Sport, 5:30)

Sunday 14 August
Bournemouth v Manchester United (Sky Sports, 1:30)
Arsenal v Liverpool (Sky Sports, 4pm)

Monday 15 August
Chelsea v West Ham (Sky Sports, 8pm)

Friday 19 August
Manchester United v Southampton (Sky Sports, 8pm)

Saturday 20 August
Stoke City v Manchester City (Sky Sports, 12:30)
Leicester v Arsenal (BT Sport, 5:30)

Sunday 21 August
Sunderland v Middlesbrough (Sky Sports, 1:30)
West Ham v Bournemouth (Sky Sports, 4pm)

Saturday 27 August
Tottenham v Liverpool (Sky Sports, 12:30)
Hull v Manchester United (BT Sport, 5:30)

Sunday 28 August
West Brom v Middlesbrough (Sky Sports, 1:30)
Manchester City v West Ham (Sky Sports, 4pm)

Saturday 10 September
Manchester United v Manchester City (Sky Sports, 12:30)
Liverpool v Leicester City (BT Sport, 5:30)

Sunday 11 September
Swansea v Chelsea (Sky Sports, 4pm)

Monday 12 September
Sunderland v Everton (Sky Sports, 8pm)

Friday 16 September
Chelsea v Liverpool (Sky Sports, 8pm)

Saturday 17 September
Everton v Middlesbrough (BT Sport, 5:30)

Sunday 18 September
Watford v Manchester United (BT Sport, 12pm)
Crystal Palace v Stoke (Sky Sports, 2:15)
Tottenham v Sunderland (Sky Sports, 4:30)

Saturday 24 September
Manchester United v Leicester City (Sky Sports, 12:30)
Arsenal v Chelsea (BT Sport, 5:30)

Sunday 25 September
West Ham v Southampton (Sky Sports, 4pm)

Monday 26 September
Burnley v Watford (Sky Sports, 8pm)

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Aston Villa – 22 Jun 10:15

Football League fixtures released as clubs learn their programme

Newcastle will begin life back in the Championship with a trip to face Fulham at Craven Cottage in front of the live TV cameras, while Aston Villa’s trip to face Sheffield Wednesday will also be on TV.

The Magpies, relegated from the Premier League, head to west London on Friday August 5 on the eve of the new EFL campaign.

Aston Villa, also relegated to the Championship and under the new management of Roberto Di Matteo, face a stiff-looking trip to play-off runners-up Sheffield Wednesday on the Sunday, with Norwich at Blackburn on the Saturday.



  • Fulham v Newcastle United (Friday 5 August, 7.45pm)
  • Birmingham City v Cardiff City
  • Blackburn Rovers v Norwich City
  • Bristol City v Wigan Athletic
  • Derby County v Brighton
  • Huddersfield Town v Brentford
  • Ipswich Town v Barnsley
  • Nottingham Forest v Burton Albion
  • Reading v Preston North End
  • Rotherham United v Wolverhampton
  • Queens Park Rangers v Leeds United (Sunday 7 August, 12pm)
  • Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa (Sunday, 7 August, 4.30pm)

Elsewhere on August 6, promoted Burton have a short journey to Nottingham Forest, Birmingham host Cardiff and new Rotherham boss Alan Stubbs has a home game with Wolves.

Other new managers include Jaap Stam at Reading (at home to Preston), Garry Monk at Leeds (away to QPR on the Sunday) and Nigel Pearson at Derby (at home to Brighton).

To finish things off in the Championship, Bristol City host Wigan, Huddersfield are at home to Brentford and Barnsley go to Ipswich.

In League One, promoted champions Northampton start at home to Fleetwood while fellow new-boys Oxford, Bristol Rovers and AFC Wimbledon face Chesterfield, Scunthorpe and Walsall respectively.


    • Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield United
    • Bradford City v Port Vale
    • Bury v Charlton Athletic
    • Millwall v Oldham Athletic
    • Northampton Town v Fleetwood Town
    • Oxford United v Chesterfield
    • Rochdale v Peterborough United
    • Scunthorpe United v Bristol Rovers
    • Shrewsbury Town v Milton Keynes Dons
    • Southend United v Gillingham
    • Swindon Town v Coventry City
    • Walsall v AFC Wimbledon


Two new managers will meet at the Macron Stadium as Phil Parkinson’s Bolton host Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United and Stuart McCall begins life back at Bradford against Port Vale, who also have a new boss in the shape of Bruno Ribeiro.

Bury face Charlton, Rochdale host Peterborough, Millwall play Oldham, Gillingham to go Southend, Swindon are at home to Coventry and Shrewsbury meet MK Dons at the Greenhous Meadow.

Cheltenham start life back in the Football League with a clash at home to Leyton Orient while fellow League Two newcomers Grimsby host Morecambe.



  • Accrington Stanley v Doncaster Rovers
  • Blackpool v Exeter City
  • Cambridge United v Barnet
  • Cheltenham Town v Leyton Orient
  • Crawley Town v Wycombe Wanderers
  • Grimsby Town v Morecambe
  • Hartlepool United v Colchester United
  • Newport County v Mansfield Town
  • Plymouth Argyle v Luton Town
  • Portsmouth v Carlisle United
  • Stevenage v Crewe Alexandra
  • Yeovil Town v Notts County


Blackpool will hope this is the season where their descent through the leagues stops and they start against Exeter with Doncaster heading to Accrington and Stevenage hosting Crewe.

Yeovil are at home to Notts County, Plymouth face Luton and Hartlepool welcome Colchester while Carlisle take on the 350-mile trip to Portsmouth. The opening day is completed by Newport against Mansfield, Crawley against Wycombe and Cambridge against Barnet.


They’ve arrived! Here are all your key dates for the 2016/17 @SkyBetChamp season >>

— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) June 22, 2016

FIXTURES: Here are Newcastle United’s fixtures for the 2016/17 @SkyBetChamp season. 🗓⚫ï¸�⚪ï¸� #NUFC

— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 22, 2016

Here’s our @SkyBetChamp fixtures for the upcoming 2016/17 season. #AVFC

— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) June 22, 2016

Fixtures! Here’s #lufc’s schedule for the 2016/17 @SkyBetChamp season… #FixtureReleaseDay

— Leeds United (@LUFC) June 22, 2016

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