By Amir Mir

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has stated he will not sanction “silly deals” to rivals after he blocked Joe Bennett’s transfer to Sheffield Wednesday.

As reported by the Birmingham Mail on Thursday afternoon, the Chinese Tycoon pulled the plug on the transfer of the left-back to Wednesday after he had undergone a medical and agreed terms with the club.

Xia has insisted his decision has not affected his relationship with the Italian, but ensured he cannot sell players to Villa’s promotion rivals.

Asked by a supporter if there was fraction with the manager, Xia replied on his personal Twitter account: “No. I and [Di Matteo] and others have been working together very well. We communicate well. Don’t be fooled by agents and others.”

“Don’t make story with me and [Di Matteo],” said Xia. “[Di Matteo] chose the team and board made decisions not giving out for free especially to a rival. No more silly deals.”

Xia purchased the Midlands club in June for a reported fee of £75 million from the much-criticised Randy Lerner.

The American did not say much during his tenure at Villa Park, but Xia has been the complete opposite with his constant communication with supporters about the ongoing situations at the club.

Villa have purchased four players during the transfer window in Ross McCormack, Aaron Tshibola, Pierluigi Gollini and Tommy Elphick.

Di Matteo confirmed in his press conference on Friday morning that the club are in negotiations with West Brom over the transfer of defender James Chester.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club are poised to make three new major signings from the Premier League.