By Tom Blackburn

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has claimed Gabby Agbonlahor and Paddy Riley needs to take responsibility for their actions.

The Chinese businessman posted a message about outcast Agbonlahor and ex-transfer chief Riley on his personal Twitter account, saying their past actions cannot be undone with new promises.

The Birmingham Mail revealed on Friday morning that Riley had been sacked as the director of scouting and recruitment, although that has not been officially confirmed by the club.

Ex-skipper Agbonlahor is frozen out from Roberto Di Matteo’s team but is still contracted to his boyhood club.

The Birmingham Mail claimed on Thursday that Agbonlahor, who is the club’s longest serving player, refused to make a transfer switch to Reading on deadline day.

The 29-year-old has this summer been told by Roberto Di Matteo that he has no future at Villa, and Xia has also stated he wanted the striker to be sent out on loan.

Di Matteo has not featured Agbonlahor in his side this season, as the Italian has signed attacking trio Ross McCormack, Albert Adomah and Jonathan Kodjia.

The highly criticised striker has made 333 appearances for his boyhood club, scoring 84 goals since making his debut in 2004.

The three-time capped England international played in 18 encounters for his side in all competitions, but had a return of just one goal and two assists as his side were relegated to the Championship.

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