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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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