Stiliyan Petrov has confirmed that he is looking to come out of retirement and wants to help Aston Villa’s Championship promotion push.
The 36-year-old former Bulgaria international has not played competitively since March 2012 when he quit football after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia.
However, having fully recovered from the illness, Petrov has been building his fitness levels back up and has spent the past few months training with Villa’s Under-21s.
And the former Celtic star has revealed that he would like to return to professional football, preferably with Villa as they look ahead to a season in the second tier following relegation from the Premier League.
Petrov said: “I am announcing my return to football. I have looked after myself quite good and I think I have a big shot.
“Villa’s new manager will come in and I will run this through him.
“But I plan to train in pre-season and take it from there.
“I have spoken to a couple of managers but have always said Villa will be my first option.”