By Alex Taylor

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has stated that a complete reconstruction of the club was required after his arrival this summer.

The former Chelsea boss joined the Villains after their recent relegation from the Premier League and is now tasked with restoring the club to England’s top tier.

Di Matteo believes he is the man best placed to rebuild the Birmingham club from the foundations up in order to prevent things going from bad to worse at Villa Park.

“[It was] a house that needed to be knocked down and start afresh,” the Villa boss told the Guardian. “That’s so far what I have seen.

““The club has been in decline for three or four years, so we are looking at a rebuilding project.

“We need to close the chapter on last season, and that may take a little while, but I think we can have a good season.”

Di Matteo took over the team’s reins last month after the Chinese tycoon Tony Xia bought Villa for a reported £75million.

The club have already sanctioned deals for Tommy Elphick, Pierluigi Gollini and Aaron Tshibola this summer in a bid to be ready to fight on all fronts next season.

Di Matteo may have to settle for the players he has now got after Xia hinted the club’s expected transfer splurge may not materialise after previously implying the club are set to secure three more deals within two weeks.

In other Aston Villa news, midfielder Jordan Veretout is in talks to join French giants Marseille on a season-long loan – which has left the Midlands clubs’ fans baffled.