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Published: 12:39 | 1/6/16

Di Matteo close to Villa appointment

Roberto Di Matteo could be confirmed as the new manager of Aston Villa before the end of the week.

Di Matteo has been out of work since leaving Schalke last summer, but the former Chelsea and West Brom manager is closing in on a deal that would see him take over at Villa Park.

The club's new owner Tony Xia identified the Italian as the ideal candidate to guide the club back to the Premier League and it is hoped he will be in place in the coming days to begin planning for life in the SkyBet Championship.

Villa were relegated from the top flight for the first time since 1987 after managing just three league victories over the course of a disappointing season.

Shortly after the club's relegation was confirmed, Xia was announced as the new owner after agreeing a £60million deal with Randy Lerner, but the takeover is subject passing the Football League's Owners and Director's Test.

Costa doesn't want China move

10:06 | 28/5/17

Chelsea forward Diego Costa says he doesn't want to move to a Chinese Premier League club this summer.

Carrick signs new one-year deal at Man Utd

10:05 | 28/5/17

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has signed a new one-year deal that will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2018.

Sanchez "doesn't know" about Arsenal future

10:19 | 28/5/17

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez says he is unsure whether he will be at the club next season.

Wenger's future to be revealed next Wednesday or Thursday

20:52 | 27/5/17

Arsene Wenger has revealed that his future as Arsenal manager will be revealed this coming Wednesday or Thursday.

Arsenal down Chelsea to win record 13th FA Cup

20:52 | 27/5/17

Arsenal have beaten Chelsea 2-1 a Wembley to win the FA Cup for a record 13th time.

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