Ex-Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel celebrated his former club’s return to the Premier League yesterday by posting a picture of himself on Instagram.

The Colombian was a fan favourite at Villa Park after signing for £9.5 million in 2001 – a club-record fee at the time.

Only Dwight Yorke and Gabby Agbonlahor have scored more goals for Villa in the Premier League era than Angel after he bagged 62 goals in 205 games.

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The Villans secured their return to top flight yesterday after beating Frank Lampard’s Derby County at Wembley.

Anwar El Gazi bagged the first before John McGinn capitalised on a goalkeeper error to add a second.

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Derby pulled one back, but it was too little too late as Dean Smith’s side clinched promotion.

Villa have been an outspokenly ambitious club with plans to take the Premier League by storm, which is looking more likely as Smith is set to have money to bolster an already impressive-looking squad.

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