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Stiliyan Petrov not offered playing contract at Villa

Stiliyan Petrov not offered playing contract at Villa Credit: PA

Stiliyan Petrov has been told he would not be handed a playing contract at Aston Villa, but instead would be offered a different role.

Boss Roberto Di Matteo praised Petrov’s integrity, determination and character and has offered him the opportunity to remain at Bodymoor Heath in a different role.

Di Matteo said:

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.

– Roberto Di Matteo

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Airport waives pundit's parking fee after Wales reach semi

Airport bosses in Birmingham have waived football pundit Dean Saunders' parking fee for leaving his car in their short-stay car park.

Dean Saunders Credit: PA

Birmingham Airport bosses exclusively told ITV News Central they would instead ask that the former Wolves manager give the money to a charity of his choice.

The former Aston Villa, Derby County and Nottingham Forest striker headed to France to work as a pundit during Wales' Euro 2016 bid - but, believing their stay in the contest would be short-lived, he parked up in the short stay car park.

However, as they managed to reach the semi-finals, he began racking up a huge fee.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo chats to Wales' Gareth Bale after defeating them in the Euros semi-final Credit: PA

The airport had initially promised to scrap the fine if Wales emerged victorious, but after they crashed out in a 2-0 loss to Portugal yesterday, bosses decided to ask for a charity donation instead.

Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani within three minutes of one another in the second half of the match sealed Wales' exit.

Petrov 'so happy' to join Aston Villa training

Stiliyan Petrov Credit: Martin Rickett / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Four years after being diagnosed with leukaemia Stiliyan Petrov is returning to Aston Villa.

The former Villa captain will take part in pre-season training at first-team level.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo has revealed he will travel with the group to Austria and join the squad at their training camp.

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Aston Villa unveil Roberto Di Matteo as new manager

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The former West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea manager has been officially appointed as the club's new manager.

The Italian succeeds Remi Garde, who was sacked after the club was relegated from the Premier League in March.

Di Matteo won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012 and said becoming manager is an "honour"

It's a wonderful honour for me to become manager of this great football club and I'm looking forward to the challenge of taking Aston Villa back to its rightful place.

– Roberto Di Matteo
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