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Aston Villa owner tells fans to give senior player a second chance

By Harvey Byrne

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has told fans to give Leandro Bacuna a second chance.

The Chinese businessman has already built up a reputation for being outspoken on the social media site after taking over the club this summer and he has now told supporters to support the 24-year-old full-back, saying that “everyone makes mistakes.”

The Villa chairman took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to reply to an article from a Villa blog about whether winger Bacuna deserves a second opportunity at the club.

“Lets all forget the past, everyone makes mistakes when young. I’d ask all fans give applause for all to a new start,” said Xia on his social media platform.

The blog post was produced after Bacuna lost the support of the Villains support with an interview he gave which stated that he may leave the Midlands giants.

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“Within the next two years, I try to make my next step,” said Bacuna speaking to Dutch broadcaster NOS, as quoted by Sky Sports.

“What it’s going to be, I do not know at this time. But I want to grow in two years. It does not necessarily have to be in England.”

The Curacao international along with his teammates also faced the full brunt of supporters’ anger last term as the Midlands club picked up only 17 points and three wins in the club’s worst season in their 141-year history.

The Villa number seven played in 35 encounters last season in all competitions scoring one goal.

He joined Aston Villa from Dutch side Groningen in 2013 and he currently has four-years left on his contract.

In other Aston Villa team news, the club have handed Scott Sinclair and Jordan Ayew the iconic number nine and 10 shirt numbers.