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Tony Xia seals mega-money deal, makes Aston Villa Twitter admission

By Harvey Byrne

Tony Xia sealed a mega-money deal on Sunday but revealed on Twitter that his joy was tempered by Aston Villa’s failure to beat Nottingham Forest.

The Villa owner was left frustrated after a late Forest equaliser held Roberto Di Matteo’s team to a 2-2 draw.

The Chinese businessman is the current chairman, CEO and owner of Recon Group, which he took over in 2004.

Recon Group took over Aston Villa in the summer of 2016 for a reported £76million with Xia becoming chairman of the club and he has also expressed an interest in buying clubs, or stakes in clubs in India, Spain, the USA and Australia.

The outspoken Xia revealed on his personal Twitter account on Monday that he signed off a mammoth “4.2B deal” on Sunday although it is unclear to what currency he was referring.

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Xia has become heavily invested in Aston Villa both financially and emotionally, and despite the mega money deal, he did reveal that Villa’s 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest “took away all the joys”.

Villa took the lead in Sunday’s match with strikes from Rudy Gestede and Ross McCormack cancelling out a wonderful Apostolos Vellios strike.

However, Henri Lansbury ensured that Villa shared the spoils after he tucked the ball home with three minutes left on the clock.

The Midlands club have underwent a lot of changes since Xia took over the club with manager Roberto Di Matteo coming in, as well as adding nine senior players.

In other Aston Villa news, Robbie Savage has revealed that Villa Park is his favourite ground.