Stilian Petrov's agent rejects retirement reports

The Villa captain's representative has moved to dismiss the suggestions that the player has ended his footballing career after being diagnosed with the ilness

Stilian Petrov's agent has rejected reports that the Aston Villa captain was considering retiring from football after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Suggestions that Petrov would retire came from quotes he gave to Bulgarian newspaper Tema Sport when he was asked about his future.

He was quoted to have said: "No more football, this is the end."

However the 32-year-old's representative Stephen Hughes as moved to clear up the situation, saying that his client has no intentions to quit playing.

Hughes told Sky Sports: "It is not true that Stilian has said he is retiring from football.

"What he did say was that he was fighting for his life and that he will fight to recover."

Petrov was a spectator for Villa's match against Chelsea at Villa Park and thanked everyone for their support.

The fans of both sides united in a minute’s applause for the midfielder in the 19th minute, the player’s shirt number, during the 4-2 defeat for Alex McLeish’s side, as a sign of respect.

"I would like to thank all of the people who have left messages of support - the response has been overwhelming and I appreciate it very much," Petrov told Villa's official website.

Petrov is set to being treatment on his condition on Monday at a London specialist hospital.

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