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Stiliyan Petrov rules out playing return after no new Aston Villa deal offered

Stiliyan Petrov said he wanted to spend time with his family.

Stiliyan Petrov has said he will not return to football after Aston Villa opted not to give him a new deal.

Petrov, who retired from playing after contracting leukaemia in 2013, had been training with Villa at their preseason camp in Austria as he targeted a return.

But the 37-year-old former Bulgaria and Villa captain was not given a playing deal, although he was offered another role with the club.

He told Kanal 3 television in Bulgaria: "There will be no comebacks. My return to professional football...

 By PA Sport

Aston Villa will not offer Stiliyan Petrov new contract - Roberto Di Matteo

Stiliyan Petrov was Aston Villa captain when he was diagnosed with leukaemia four years ago.

Stiliyan Petrov will not be offered a playing contract at Aston Villa despite attempting to make his comeback.

The Bulgarian midfielder has been training with Villa this summer after battling back from leukaemia, following his diagnosis in 2012.

Petrov initially retired from playing three years ago but was invited on Villa's preseason trip to Austria with a view to impressing first-team coaches, although the club have now confirmed he will not make a return to on-field action.

Boss Roberto Di Matteo...

 By PA Sport

Aston Villa's Stiliyan Petrov makes first appearance after beating leukaemia

Stiliyan Petrov returned to Aston Villa in his first game in four years.

Stiliyan Petrov made his first Aston Villa appearance in more than four years as Roberto Di Matteo's side hammered Austrians Gak 1902 8-0.

Petrov played the second half as Villa romped home over their Austrian sixth-tier opponents, the 37-year-old stepping up his comeback after beating leukaemia.

Bulgaria midfielder Petrov last turned out for Villa in March 2012, before retiring because of his illness.

The 105-cap international confirmed his comeback earlier this summer, and has now duly donned...

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Stiliyan Petrov back in Aston Villa training as he bids to make comeback

Former Aston Villa and Bulgaria captain Stiliyan Petrov is launching a comeback after his battle with leukaemia.

Stiliyan Petrov has returned to training with Aston Villa four years after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

Petrov, 36, is in remission after his battle with acute leukaemia and announced in April that he was planning to make a playing comeback.

New Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has given his blessing for the former captain to join the squad at their training camp in Austria, and he was seen at the club's training base on Wednesday ahead of his first session with team.

 By PA Sport

Stiliyan Petrov eyeing playing return at Aston Villa after leukaemia battle

Stiliyan Petrov, pictured after his retirement in 2013, has been working on a comeback over recent months.

Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has said he wants to return to professional football with the club.

Petrov, whose career was cut short as he battled acute leukaemia, is in training to come out of retirement ahead of next season.

The midfielder was diagnosed in 2012 while still playing for Villa and was forced to retire a year later despite being in remission.

Petrov said he has been embarking on a secret fitness plan for 18 months as he looks to return to playing and has been training...