Britannia Stadium

Next Game

Stoke City v A Villa

Saturday, 16 August 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Petrov hails Villa supporters

Stiliyan Petrov has thanked Aston Villa fans for their continuing support during his battle to beat leukaemia.

Last Updated: 20/11/12 at 10:01 Post Comment

Villa fans show their support for Stiliyan Petrov on US Tour last summer

Villa fans show their support for Stiliyan Petrov on US Tour last summer

Villa supporters have taken to singing Petrov's name in the 19th minute of every match in support of their captain - he wears the No 19 shirt - and the Bulgarian admits it often brings him close to tears.

The former Celtic player attended a charity match between a Petrov XI and a Villa Legends XI at Halesowen last weekend and admits the support he receives from the club is helping him through an awful time.

He told the Birmingham Mail: "I'm on the edge of starting crying every single time (they sing and applaud). I really appreciate it.

"The fans have been very supportive from the start until now. It's already been eight months I've been on treatment.

"I still get cards and messages and the turnout at the charity game was just unbelievable. But that's Villa fans for you. They love the club and the players."

Petrov tries to attend as many Villa matches as possible but admitted: "I've got another priority at the moment. I'm in remission and had quite a lot of chemotherapy.

"I'm in a consolidation phase at the moment. I've got a few more cycles to go. It's been a long road and it's been tough.

"From the start, I knew it was going to be hard. I didn't know it was going to be that hard. At the end of this road, you become an even better person.

"People say 'live every day as if it is your last' and I enjoy seeing my family, wife, kids, mum, dad, brother. I am battling hard. So far it's going well which is a positive thing."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

am jealous but i do wonder why he's never done anything for barca and why they seemingly don't give two hoots that he's leaving. they clearly rate suarez more than him, that much is inarguable

bobsy
Sanchez Is A Game-Changer For Arsenal...

L

uis Suarez: on his way to Barcelona. Liverpool : on their way to the Conference.

wotyomamased
Liverpool agree sale of Suarez

D

aryl Janmaat, a cheaper alternative to Micah Richards? World Cup semifinalist versus Man City's backup, England's... what, fifth choice right back? That really hammers home the English premium.

harry hotspur
The Blank Gossip

Footer 365

Championship: Leeds United's opponents fail to turn up for pre-season friendly in Italy

Leeds were forced to call off their pre-season friendly with Viitorul Constanta after their opponents failed to turn up.

Transfer news: Manchester City in talks with Porto over Eliaquim Mangala

Manchester City are in talks with Porto over the signing of defender Eliaquim Mangala, according to Sky sources.

Louis van Gaal to link up with Manchester United on Wednesday

Louis van Gaal has confirmed he will start working with the Manchester United squad at Carrington on Wednesday.

Mail Box

Alexis Sanchez: Really Not THAT Good

The backlash has begun: Why are Barca letting him go if he's any good? We have mails on Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez, the World Cup and the wonder of F365...

Stop Your Sobbing And Man Up...

Oh and honey, put the kettle on. We have more World Cup mails but it's mostly an orgasmic explosion at the signing of Alexis Sanchez. Could this be Arsenal's year?

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property