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Aston Villa sale 'productive' and 'ongoing'

Lerner confirmed in May that he was trying to sell the club Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner has said the sale of the football club is 'productive' and 'ongoing'.

The American businessman has been speaking for the first time since confirming in May that the club was on the market.

Lerner has said he has turned his full attention back to the day-to-day running of Villa and is committed to supporting manager Paul Lambert:

"While the sale process has been productive and remains ongoing, my priority at this point in the summer, heading into the upcoming season, is that the Villa organisation's sole focus be football - undistracted by any sales process."