It has been announced today that Villa will take part in the prestigious bi-annual tournament, Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong next summer.
(Note to self, get a lottery ticket today!)
Villa will take part v Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers and the 2010-11 champions of the Hong Kong First Division League.
The knock out competition will be held on on Wednesday 27 and Saturday 30 July 2011, with a final to determine the winner and a play-off to decide third place.
Gerard Houllier is quoted on the official site saying: ‘The Barclays Asia Trophy is a tournament which Aston Villa is very much looking forward to competing in. It will be exciting to play in Hong Kong and the tournament will be a central part of our preparations for the 2011-12 season.’