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Villa boss acknowledges the Premiership is not a level playing field

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish admits there is a new breed of club in the Premier League whose financial clout leaves other team's struggling to compete. The Midlanders have sold a quintet of players in Ashley Young, Stewart Downing, Gareth Barry, James Milner and Gary Cahill, who all appeared for England against Wales in midweek, for around £75million.

McLeish , said: "There are a bunch of super clubs that are very difficult for everyone else to compete with in the long run. They are on a different planet.

"But, in one-off games there is always a possibility with the great competitiveness of the Premier League, that you will get results.

"We can't compete with the super clubs, there is no doubt about it. Everybody in football, no matter who it is, has their price.

"Look at Ronaldo. Who thought he would ever leave Manchester United but there was a price ultimately to pay and Real Madrid met that price and it is the same at every other club.

"Arsenal met the price of Barcelona for Fabregas. It is not an area I want to discuss at length.

"But time and time again we've said we are looking to get the finances on an even keel."

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