Aston Villa Owner Dr Tony Xia Furious With Sevilla After Jordan Amavi Transfer Breaks Down

Wednesday July 19th, 2017

Aston Villa's owner Dr Tony Xia has revealed his fury with Sevilla, after a move to take Jordan Amavi to Spain broke down in recent days. 

Often known to speak his mind on social media, Xia yesterday launched a tirade towards Los Rojiblancos on Twitter: “Me and SB/SR [Villa manager Steve Bruce and technical director Steve Round] all are angry with the way they [Sevilla] treated player and Villa. No respect!”. 

The tweet came in response to a recent series of complications with the move to take the 23-year old full-back to Sevilla. After an £8million deal was agreed, the Spanish side then pulled out of the agreement due to complications with his medical.  

Xia claimed that there were, in fact, no issues with Amavi's fitness and that Sevilla were simply looking for one final bargaining chip to try and reduce the agreed fee. The final straw came yesterday when they proposed taking the Frenchman on loan instead, which was quickly refuted by Villa. 

The left-back made 23 league starts in the Championship last season, and many were surprised that he had earned interest from a team of Sevilla's prestige. However, his age and ability to play in any position on the left-side of the pitch is likely to be an attractive prospect for any side.

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 23: Dr Tony Xia, Chairman of Aston Villa walks the pitch during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on April 23, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
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Aston Villa are yet to sign a replacement for Amavi, with the high-profile signing of John Terry being the only addition to Steve Bruce's squad so far. 

The Villains begin their pre-season in a unique way on Wednesday, with simultaneous games against Kidderminster Harriers and AFC Telford. 

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