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Sunday 21 January 2018

New Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia passes EFL's fit and proper person test

Roberto Di Matteo is Aston Villa's fourth permanent manager since February 2015.
Roberto Di Matteo is Aston Villa's fourth permanent manager since February 2015.

New owner Dr Tony Xia's takeover of Aston Villa has moved a step closer after he claimed he has passed the English Football League's fit and proper person test.

The Chinese businessman agreed to buy the Sky Bet Championship club from Randy Lerner in May but still needed to get it rubber-stamped by the League before taking full control.

He was due to meet with the League on Monday and has now written on his Weibo account, China's version of Twitter, that his proposal had been a success.

He wrote: "13.6.2016, London, 11:30, the formal completion of the Football League proper test!

"The beginning of a journey unknown but worth the challenge!"

Villa have already appointed Roberto Di Matteo as their new manager, with his former Chelsea team-mate Steve Clarke as assistant, with Xia and Di Matteo expected to hold a joint press conference once the takeover has been officially ratified.

Xia is prepared to give the former Chelsea boss between £30million-40million for new players as he looks to rebuild a side which was relegated from the Barclays Premier League last season, winning just three times.

Villa are expected to lose several players, including Jordan Ayew and Jordan Amavi, this summer while Charles N'Zogbia and Kieran Richardson will leave when their contracts expire at the end of the month.

Press Association

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