Roberto Di Matteo today paid tribute to Stiliyan Petrov but revealed our former skipper would not be offered a contract.
The Villa boss praised Petrov’s integrity, determination and character and has offered him the opportunity to remain at Bodymoor Heath in a different role.
Di Matteo said: “Stiliyan is an inspiration to all of us.
“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.”