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Home Football Confirmed: Aston Villa sanction transfer

Confirmed: Aston Villa sanction transfer

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Aston Villa have allowed Indiana Vassilev out on loan again with the forward joining Cheltenham Town until the end of the season.

Vassilev has linked up with the promotion-chasing Robins after he was sent back from Burton Albion on Thursday.

The United States youth had seen his loan spell with the Brewers brought to an end with the Pirelli Stadium side now under the management of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink after the dismissal of Jake Buxton, who signed Vassilev earlier on this season.

Vassilev made 12 appearances for Albion, who are rooted to the bottom of League One, but was not involved in all-but-one of the club’s last 11 matches of the campaign.

Now he links up with Cheltenham, who are chasing promotion from League Two.

The Robins are just two points off the top of the fourth tier after 24 matches in the League.

Vassilev was involved in Burton’s first nine games of the season and showed signs of promise, against Rochdale and Plymouth Argyle particularly.

Indeed, after the 1-0 defeat to Rochdale in October Buxton spoke in glowing terms about Vassilev.

“He’s been improving with the minutes each week, Vassilev has,” Buxton said.

“He’s a good lad and his performances have got better each game and I thought tonight…I singled him out after the game to say that his performance was at the level which was required.

“He ran his socks off on Saturday against Bristol and I expected him to be short of energy and not be quite right.

“He trained really brightly yesterday and he stayed in the side and he was one of the positives tonight.”

Burton was Vassilev’s first taste of League action having spent two-and-a-half years in Villa ‘s youth sides at Bodymoor Heath.

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