Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has revealed that none of his players enjoy pre-season work at Villa Park.

The former Chelsea boss has already begun work to take the Villains back to the Premier League, after the club were relegated from England’s top tier last season.

The Birmingham outfit will now face the likes of Burton Albion in their next domestic campaign.

“Pre-season is a lot of hard work and no player really enjoys it, but you look forward to the start of the season when the competitive games start,” Matteo told the Birmingham Mail.

“Every session we do we try and talk about the way we want to play, I try to organize the sessions in a way that the players can understand the way I want them to play.”

Villa have been linked to an array of new players in the transfer window and Di Matteo and owner Tony Xia has recently informed fans that signing a striker is their priority this summer.

The club are yet to make any high-profile additions in the current transfer window, but have already secured the signings of both Aaron Tshibola from Reading and Pierluigi Gollini from Hellas Verona.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, a senior figure has said he hopes a deal with Aston Villa will be done within a week.