By Alex Taylor

Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor is expecting his club to spend big this summer in search of an immediate return to the top flight.

The 29-year-old who stood down as Villa captain earlier this year was one of several players blamed by fans for their first ever relegation from the Premier League this season.

The Villains have already appointed Champions League winning manager Roberto Di Matteo and handed him a summer warchest worth around £40million in a bid to rectify the mistakes of their last domestic campaign.

“I think it’d be nice to bring in some players to give us a hand and I think that’s what the manager will do,” Agbonlahor told the Birmingham Mail.

“I’ve got a lot of friends at the club, I’ve got a lot of friends as teammates, and the quality they’ve got that I see day in, day out is more than enough to help the club come back up to the Premiership.”

Di Matteo has already sanctioned one move this summer after bringing in Tommy Elphick from Bournemouth for around £3million.

The 28-year-old featured just 12 times times in the Premier League last season but his experience could prove vital at the heart of Villa’s defence.

The squad will now be working hard to be fully prepared for the start of the 2016-17 Championship season that kicks off on 6 August.

In other Aston Villa news, Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye is not interested in a move back to France but is open to leaving the club this summer.