By Harry Sykes
Tony Xia has offered assurances to Aston Villa fans by declaring that key duo Jordan Ayew and Jordan Amavi will not be sold this summer.
The new Villa owner took to Twitter on Friday night to state that the striker and left-back will both “definitely stay”.
This comes amid reported interest from Hamburg and Bordeaux in Ayew, with the German club said to have lodged an £8million bid for Ayew.
The 24-year-old had previously been linked with a move to French giants Bordeaux, after scoring seven goals last season during Villa’s dismal relegation campaign.
Meanwhile, French publication L’Equipe reported last month that Liverpool had held talks with Amavi’s advisers about a summer deal.
Xia claimed last Sunday that Ayew would not be sold and has now gone even further by stating his team-mate Amavi is also remaining at Villa Park.
Ayew and Amavi will definitely stay! We’ll get striker but be confident with the manager team knowing what to do! https://t.co/GuNrblYukc
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) July 22, 2016
Ayew was signed from Lorient last summer by Tim Sherwood, and the versatile attacker, who can also operate on the wings has received interest from Premier League side West Ham and Turkish giants Galatasaray according to the report.
It has been reported that it would cost around £11million to acquire the services of Amavi, who moved to Villa Park for £8.25m last summer from French outfit Nice.
Villa’s promising full-back, who has four years remaining on his contract, is stepping up his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury which kept him out of the Villa side for the majority of last season.
Di Matteo has made three signings this summer, bringing in goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, defender Tommy Elphick and former Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Di Matteo is interested in signing this Croatian legend on a free.