Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner 'to address sale reports in summer'

Randy Lerner

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner says he will address speculation regarding his future at the club in the summer.

Lerner's words come after reports of a potential takeover by two American billionaires.external-link

In a statement,external-link the American said: "As regards my personal role at the club and the steady rumours of a sale, I will address these after the season."

Lerner added he was committed to "limiting distraction and confusion'' as Villa struggle on the pitch.

On Saturday, Villa ended a four-match run of successive defeats with a 0-0 draw at home to Southampton.

Paul Lambert's side are five points clear of the relegation zone with four matches left to play - against Swansea City, Hull City, Manchester City and Tottenham.

Lerner, 57, assumed control of Villa in 2006 after a £62.6m takeover was agreed with the club's board.

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