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Saunders believes Aston Villa is a bigger club than Chelsea

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The ex-footballer knows Villa has more history in English football, and he says they have made their own fortunes.

Former Welsh striker Dean Saunders player for Aston Villa from 1992 to 1995.

And he believes his ex-club is bigger than recent UEFA Europa League champions, Chelsea.

“The owner of Chelsea has got more money than Villa, so he has made Chelsea into a big club,” he told talkSPORT.

“But actually, traditionally, Aston Villa are a bigger club than Chelsea if you go back over the years.”

“If Roman Abramovich had gone to Villa, they’d be in the same position as Chelsea. He’s piled a load of money in and bought the best players,” he added.

“What would happen in Abramovich left?”

“I’m not just winding up the Chelsea fans and I’m not just saying it because I played for them [Villa],” he said.

“If you go back over history Aston Villa are a bigger club than Chelsea. They’re a massive club, they’ve won everything.”

He then asked Alan Brazil: “Al, when you played for Ipswich, who were a bigger club, Chelsea or Villa?”

And Brazil responded: “That’s a good point Deano.”

“Chelsea were struggling, they weren’t in the top flight, and Villa won the European Cup and the old First Division title in 1981.”