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Petrov won't be offered playing contract at Villa following leukaemia recovery*

*However the former Bulgarian international has been offered an alternative role at the club.

Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov.
Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov.
Image: Chris Brunskill

FORMER ASTON VILLA captain Stiliyan Petrov will not be offered a playing contract, but could remain with the club.

Petrov, 37, has been training with the Championship club, making his comeback after battling leukaemia following his diagnosis in 2012.

He recently featured in Villa’s 8-0 pre-season friendly win over Austrian side Gak 1902 amid an attempted comeback to professional football.

However, the former Bulgaria international midfielder is set to miss out on an on-field return, but manager Roberto Di Matteo wants him to stay.

“Stiliyan is an inspiration to all of us,” Di Matteo said.

I have spoken to him and explained my thoughts and offered him the chance to remain at the club.

“Stiliyan is going to discuss this with his family before coming back to us.”

Petrov spent seven seasons at Villa before announcing his retirement in May 2013, having been diagnosed with leukaemia a year earlier.

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