By Harvey Byrne

Outspoken owner Tony Xia has told supporters to trust the club’s decision after the sale of centre-back Nathan Baker on Friday.

It was announced via rthe Bristol City official website and Twitter account on Friday that the 26-year-old had left Villa Park in an undisclosed deal, agreeing a four-year contract.

The decision caused some uproar among the Villa fan base with many believing Baker to be a solid part of the club’s back line alongside others wondering about the longevity of summer signings John Terry and Chris Samba in the starting line-up.

However, active social media user Xia has looked to assure fans quickly and on his personal Twitter account on Saturday morning he posted that there was logic behind the decision, but that he couldn’t speak about it publicly.

Baker had been a part of the Aston Villa team for 13 years after joining at the age of 13 in 2004.

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He had to wait seven years for his senior debut, which came against Wigan in 2011 and he then went on to play in 123 clashes for the club.

Of those appearances, 34 came in all competitions for Steve Bruce’s side in the last campaign, but it is clear that the manager didn’t feel that he would get enough game time with each of Terry, Samba, James Chester and Tommy Elphick now competing for the centre-back positions.

In other Aston Villa news, Baker sent this message to Villa fans following his departure.

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