Lerner Has No Set Spending Limit
Randy Lerner has admitted that he has funded the purchase of Stiliyan Petrov and Ashley Young out of his own funds. (John Carew having been a swap with Milan Baros)
The Villa owner said: 'The money I have spent on players at Aston Villa has come from my personal pocket. I have no intention, and no market set, for when I would stop spending. I don't have a number in my mind.'
Adding: 'I am a very, very big fan of English football. I thought it was the right time for me, in terms of just where I am in my career. Then there is just the chance element to this. A set of circumstances converged and it seemed to make sense. I wouldn't say it was a burning need — it wasn't a long, protracted acquisition.'
And says there was only one team of interest, the mighty claret and blues. 'What happened to me was I sat with some guys, some friends in London who are in the business of thinking about football clubs, and it was always about Aston Villa. Other clubs were mentioned in the conversation but it was always about Aston Villa, because Villa was the right opportunity. I initiated everything.'