By Paddy Kenny

7th Jul, 2021 | 3:00pm

Aston Villa spending power to skyrocket after Purslow reveal - Kenny

The redevelopment of Villa Park can help Aston Villa challenge for European qualification and boost the club’s spending power.

That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Express and Star relayed Christian Purslow’s comments about the club’s stadium plans on 1st July.

The chief executive revealed at a recent fan consultation meeting that the club plans to gradually expand capacity at Villa Park over the next decade.

The stadium currently holds just under 43,000 spectators and there is a 13,000-strong waiting list for prospective new season ticket holders.

Kenny highlighted Villa’s European ambitions and claimed that stadium expansion can give them a major push in the right direction.

I’m sure the plan is to challenge for Europe,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“They’ve got super-rich owners and they are looking to expand the stadium so they have more money to spend in the transfer market and things like that.

“I’ve played there a few times obviously and it’s an unbelievable place to play. I’m sure if they add another 9,000 or 10,000, it will be an even more amazing place to play.

“It just goes to show you the bigger picture in terms of where they want to go.

“It’s been two seasons since they got promoted. They stayed up in the first year and did really well last year.

“I’m sure now they’ll be looking to push on from that and challenge for Europe over the next few years. This is unbelievable news for Villa fans.”

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