Aston Villa owner takes swipe at Birmingham City

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia appears to have launched a dig at arch rivals Birmingham City over their pursuit of former Chelsea captain John Terry.

Blues manager Harry Redknapp confirmed to talkSPORT earlier this week that the club have made a “good offer” to Terry, who left Chelsea at the end of last season.

The move is a controversial one given that Villa have also linked to the ex-England defender, who spent 22 years at the West London club.

Sky Sports recently claimed that Terry was considering a switch to Villa Park, but Birmingham’s interest could throw a spanner in the works.

The 36-year-old has given no indication as to where he will be playing football next season, and he even admitted that retirement was an option.

It seems, though, that Xia is perhaps inadvertently trying to convince Terry to move to Villa Park in his latest tweet.

The Chinese businessman posted a photo showing a full crowd of Villa fans, and placed it above an image of a sparse Birmingham following.