By Harvey Byrne

Aston Villa’s new owner Tony Xia has revealed that he plans to get the Midlands club to the top of England’s pyramid in four-years time.

In a response from a fan asking where Xia thinks Villa will be in five years, the chairman replied on his personal Twitter account that he plans to make the club “great”.

The Chinese businessman is targeting an immediate return to the top-flight before two years of consolidation in the Premier League, when he then plans on taking the Villa Park club to the summit.

The Midlands outfit finished sixth in the Premier League for three seasons in a row between the years of 2008 and 2010, but after a number of years of turmoil at Aston Villa, which saw Alex McLeish, Paul Lambert and Remi Garde all struggle in charge of the club club, the top-flight mainstays eventually suffered relegation to the Championship.

However, the sun seems to once again be shining on the club based in Birmingham after Xia took over from former owner Randy Lerner this summer.

The business tycoon was quick to give former Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo the management reigns and the club have also brought in Tommy Elphick from Bournemouth, young goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini and bright prospect Aaron Tshibola.

There will be a lot of optimism from Villa fans for the first time in a number of years, as they look to regain their place in the Premier League.

In other Aston Villa news, Sunderland have ended their pursuit of Villa defender Micah Richards.