Petrov targets skipper role
Stiliyan Petrov admits he would be "honoured" to be given the opportunity to captain Aston Villa. The 29-year-old Bulgarian midfielder is a leading candidate to take the role as skipper following Gareth Barry's move to Manchester City. Voted Villa's Player of the Year, Petrov rounded off a superb season by agreeing a new four-year deal with the Midlands club. The captain's armband would be the icing on the cake for Petrov who has already had a taste of the role at international level. Petrov said: "The captaincy of Aston Villa is a great honour. It's a great club and one with a long tradition and fantastic history. "It's great to be a captain and to lead the team out. People say that the captaincy doesn't make a difference, but it certainly does." Petrov's international career took a turn for the worse when falling out of favour with former coach Hristo Stoichkov. Under new management, though, Petrov has shone for Bulgaria - a revival he believes has benefited his role with Aston Villa. "I went through a very hard time in the national team," he explained. "There were a few hard months, I retired. "That definitely affected my form and my concentration and I'm happy everything is going well now. "I play a deeper role now. We have a new manager, we play a different system. It has definitely had a positive effect on my club form. "I'm playing in the best and the hardest league in the world and fighting to achieve something to be proud of with and against the best players. "You can't ask for anything more than that."
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