Dr Tony Xia is the new owner of Aston Villa

By Amir Mir

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has warned that the club’s underperformers will be sold for bargain prices if necessary.

The Midlands outfit were relegated into the second-tier of English football last season, when they won a miserable 17 points in the worst campaign in the club’s 141-year history.

Now, the club’s owner has warned players that while their contracts cannot be cancelled, the Championship side are willing to take a financial hit on the players responsible for the club’s relegation.

Here is a question put to Xia and the response from his personal Twitter account.

Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has publicly spoken about trimming his large squad as he prepares for the forthcoming Championship season.

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The reputations of ex-captain Gabby Agbonlahor, goalkeeper Brad Guzan, midfielder Leonardo Bacuna and defenders Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards all diminished last season as a result of their roles in the wretched campaign.

It has been reported that Villa are willing to release Guzan and Richards is attracting interest from Premier League side Sunderland, who are willing to activate his £5million release clause.

In recent weeks Xia has become very active on social media, regularly interacting with fans as he answers their questions on a number of topics.

In the latest Aston Villa transfer news, the club’s owner has given an update on two key players for the Championship side.