By Matt Farr
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has hit out at recent rumours linking star striker Jonathan Kodjia with a move away from the club – and fans on Twitter are delighted with his response.
The Mirror claimed in their print edition of the paper on Monday (page 49) that Premier League outfit Everton were considering a summer move for Kodjia.
But Xia swiftly moved to emphatically shut down the rumours on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday morning, slamming the media and agents for playing games at Aston Villa’s expense.
No more rumors, we need stability and calmness in dressing room. Don't like either medias or agents' trick/game for now. https://t.co/brS8JngJG3
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) April 11, 2017
Kodjia, 27, is rated by the Midlands club in the £20million bracket, having played a starring role in front of goal this season.
The Ivory Coast international has scored 19 goals in all competitions for Aston Villa this season, and currently tops the Championship goalscoring charts.
He has a firm fan favourite among the Aston Villa supporters, and having being unnerved by the reports linking him with a move to Everton, fans were delighted at Xia’s response.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
I love the way you just shut them down everytime! Thank you for everything x
— Sam Pennells ???? (@SamPennells) April 11, 2017
— AVFC Polska (@avfc_polska) April 11, 2017
Well stated Dr Tony
Villa till I die and then some.Sabin57
— anthony cook (@soulmerchant) April 11, 2017
For a change I am pretty optimistic we won't sell. As you say, no reason we should. And as I tweeted other day, right men in charge now.
— Paul B (@Sedona_Red) April 11, 2017
Well said Tony Xia. The media like to invent something that isn't there. Maybe daily mirror should shut up!!??
— Anthony Carter (@anthony1c7) April 11, 2017
— Adam AVFC (@adpage87) April 11, 2017
you tell em tone ????
— mark emery (@76maulz) April 11, 2017
Kodjia is still only in his first season with the club, having joined Aston Villa from Bristol City at the start of the season.
But his impressive performances in the second tier have caught the eye of a number of sides in the top flight, and the club could face a tough battle to retain his services if their late promotion bid fails.
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