English Premiership

Petrov plans Villa comeback

2016-04-27 14:06
Stiliyan Petrov (File)

Birmingham - Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov, who retired from football after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia in 2012, wants to resume his playing career with the relegated Premier League club.

Petrov, who played more than 200 games for Villa and earned more than 100 caps for Bulgaria, said he was keen to help his beleaguered former club return to the top-flight as soon as possible.

"I've told Aston Villa that I'm ready to start a pre-season with them," the 36-year-old midfielder was quoted as saying by British media.

"I've spoken to a lot of doctors and fitness coaches, and everybody looked at it and assessed it and I have received very positive news. I'm looking forward to a return to football again."

Villa, the Premier League's basement side, are without a manager and will be relegated to the Championship (second-tier) once the season ends, but that has not deterred Petrov from offering them his services.

"I'm 36, but players are playing at 39 and 40," he added. "I've looked after myself well and I think I've got a good shout. Even if it doesn't happen, I've tried.

"I understand the odds are against me. It's about how much you put into it and... I'm really looking forward to it.

"I'm getting my life back to where it used to be and it's a way forward. I want to show people there is a life afterwards. I've worked hard all my life to be a footballer and it was taken away from me. I've been given a chance again to do it."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Monday, 18 December 2017
Everton v Swansea City, Goodison Park 22:00
Friday, 22 December 2017
Arsenal v Liverpool, Emirates Stadium 21:45
Saturday, 23 December 2017
Everton v Chelsea, Goodison Park 14:30
Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth, Etihad Stadium 17:00
Swansea City v Crystal Palace, Liberty Stadium 17:00
West Ham United v Newcastle United, London Stadium 17:00
Southampton v Huddersfield Town, St. Mary's Stadium 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Watford, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur, Turf Moor 19:30
Leicester City v Manchester United, King Power Stadium 21:45
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.