By Amir Mir
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has reacted angrily on Twitter amid claims he does not have the money to lead the club back to the big time.
Randy Lerner agreed to sell the club to the Chinese businessman in May before the £75million takeover was rubber-stamped in June.
Xia recently set-up his personal Twitter account to interact with supporters about various topics but, when a fan questioned his wealth, the tycoon gave a blunt response.
“Tell your mate to read more books to get wisdom instead read too many nasty useless articles from nasty medias.” said Xia on his personal Twitter account.
Tell your mate to read more books to get wisdom instead read too many nasty useless articles from nasty medias. https://t.co/R87g9rQKfI
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) July 20, 2016
The 39-year-old has sanctioned the purchase of three new players since buying Aston Villa from Lerner.
The Championship side have recruited Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick signing for a fee of £3million, goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini joining for £4.1million and Aaron Tshibola transferring for £5million.
But, soon after the exchange, the club’s supporters were quick to defend their owner.
— The Duke (@TheDuke1) July 20, 2016
— Rick (@Rick_avfc) 20 July 2016
— Steve (@Johno147uk) 20 July 2016
@Dr_TonyXia I am thankful that you are with us. Firmly stand behind you. God Bless the Villa
— B. P. Bag (@BPBAG1) 20 July 2016
In other Aston Villa transfer news, a Premier League club will offer a highly-criticised Villa defender a pathway back into the top-flight.