Wednesday media watch [14.08.13 AM]: Petrov on 19th minute
Birmingham Mail: Stiliyan Petrov has politely suggested the claret and blue faithful should end their emotional 19th minute tribute to him, saying: "We all have to move on." Villa supporters and other football fans have come together in support of the inspirational former captain throughout his brave battle against acute leukaemia. During each home and away games since he was diagnosed with the disease in March last year, the 19th minute has been a cue for loud applause and the chanting of his name. Petrov is now in remission and, after being forced to retire from playing at the end of last season, has taken up a coaching role assisting Gordon Cowans with Villa's U21 development squad. Manager Paul Lambert told fans at a forum last week that the time had come to stop the tribute because Stan had won his gruelling fight against cancer. And Petrov has now admitted that "we all have to move on" after emphasising how moved and humbled he and his family have been by the warm gesture of goodwill from fans.
Birmingham Mail: Yacouba Sylla swears by his new terrace anthem even though the cheeky chant includes a naughty word, saying: "They're right too - I do love the Villa!" Sylla has become a popular player with the claret and blue faithful during his first half a year at Villa thanks to his all action style. And the energetic former Clermont Foot midfielder admits the fans' affectionate song for him gives him an extra spring in his step. "I know all about the song now and it's amazing to think the fans have taken to me as one of their own in such a short space of time," smiled Sylla.
The Sun: Aston Villa plan to reward boss Paul Lambert with a new deal. Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner said: "It's something we will look at when the time is right for everybody."
The Sun: Stiliyan Petrov will play for the first time since being diagnosed with acute leukaemia 17 months ago. The ex-Villa ace, 34, turns out for a Stiliyan XI against a Celtic XI on September 8 at Celtic Park.
Daily Star: Christian Benteke insists the fans' signing can make him a Top 20 hit again this season. Aston Villa's £25m-rated star will be on the rampage in the No.20 shirt again after spurning the chance of a more fashionable number. The Belgian ace hit 23 goals in his debut season for Villa last term and is sticking with his lucky number. He waved aside offers to switch and hopes to hit the goal trail and shoot himself to the World Cup finals in Brazil next summer.
Mirror: Crystal Palace have got inventive in their bid to land Aston Villa's Darren Bent. The promoted Eagles will take Bent on a season-long loan, pay around £40,000 a week of his wages and give Villa a survival bonus if the striker helps them to avoid the drop. Palace will also agree to talks about a permanent deal if Bent is the key to keeping them up. Villa wanted to sell but the player's huge salary scared off Newcastle and Fulham also pulled out.
Daily Express: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has promised his side will play with more pace this season. Villa have brought in wingers Aleksandar Tonev and Leandro Bacuna as well as full-back Antonio Luna. "We've bought in speed and direct play and width."
Daily Mail: Crystal Palace hope to tempt Aston Villa into a loan deal for Darren Bent which would include a £2m bonus should they stay up.
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BBC Sport: The rivalry between England and Scotland will be just as intense as in previous years, according to Scotland boss Gordon Strachan. The two Auld Enemies face one another after a gap of 14 years on Wednesday.
Sky Sports: Sky Sports understands Premier League trio Tottenham, Fulham and West Ham are tracking Watford striker Troy Deeney. Deeney has started the new season in red-hot form and his goalscoring exploits have alerted several Premier League clubs.
BBC Sport: Udinese striker Matej Vydra has joined West Brom on a season-long loan. The 21-year-old scored 20 league goals while on loan at Watford last season to help them to third in the Championship and reach the play-off final.
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