Olsson eyes McAuley stay

Jonas Olsson believes it is "vital" West Brom keep hold of central defensive partner Gareth McAuley.

Last Updated: 05/03/13 at 15:21 Post Comment

Gareth McAuley: In talks over new deal at the Hawthorns

Gareth McAuley: In talks over new deal at the Hawthorns

Baggies head coach Steve Clarke confirmed last week that Albion have opened talks over a new contract with McAuley, who has 15 months to run on his current deal.

Olsson admits his partnership with McAuley was a key factor in him signing a new contract earlier this season.

The Sweden international said: "It is vital to keep Gareth. We have formed a good partnership over the past couple of seasons.

"When I signed my new contract, one of the big reasons was that I enjoy playing alongside him so much.

"For me it is vital that we keep him."

Olsson pinpoints Albion's ability to retain the services of key players as a major factor in establishing themselves in the Premier League. He said: "Continuity has been important at Albion, keeping players.

"People like James Morrison, Graham Dorrans, Chris Brunt, Steven Reid and Youssouf Mulumbu have been here for a while now.

"That experience, and being able to keep those good players, has been a key factor.

"Albion haven't lost too many players they didn't want to lose."

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