Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v A Villa

Sunday, 01 February 2015, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Villa Park

Last Game

A Villa 2 - 1 B'mouth

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 15:00

The FA Cup Fourth Round

Albrighton ready for fight

Marc Albrighton has vowed to work as hard as he can to get back to top form and establish himself as a key member of the Aston Villa side.

Last Updated: 22/06/13 at 15:45 Post Comment

Marc Albrighton: Cutting short his holidays to focus on getting fit

Marc Albrighton: Cutting short his holidays to focus on getting fit

The winger struggled with injuries last season and faces a crucial year in his career ahead of his contract expiring next summer.

The arrival of Alexander Tonev will provide further competition for places in Albrighton's position, but he is ready for the challenge and says he will be not be relaxing too much before returning for pre-season training.

"I just want to get fit and over the summer work hard," Albrighton said in the Birmingham Mail.

"I've got to sort of forfeit my holidays to some extent, but that's the sacrifices you've got to make if you want to make it to the top.

"I'm willing to do that just to get back to what I love doing next season."

While he found it frustrating not to play much of a role in Paul Lambert's first season as Villa manager, Albrighton insists there were plenty of positives to take from the team's improvement in the closing stages.

"It's very hard to be going and taking my seat every Saturday afternoon or whatever it is, instead of putting my kit on and getting dressed for a game," he added.

"It's so difficult, but the lads have done really well and it's been enjoyable to watch.

"The football that we've played just lately has been fantastic. Hopefully we can continue that.

"It's fantastic to come into the training ground after wins, you can feel the buzz around the place and it's just so different."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Premier League: Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew disappointed with slow start in 1-0 loss to Everton

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has admitted his side were nowhere near their best in their 1-0 loss at home to Everton.

Sky Bet Championship: Derby and Middlesbrough keep up pressure with wins

Grant Leadbitter kept up his perfect penalty record this season as Middlesbrough won 1-0 win at Brentford, while Derby beat Cardiff 2-0.

Transfer news: Darren Fletcher's proposed move to West Ham from Manchester United breaks down

Manchester United's Darren Fletcher move to West Ham seems over with both managers saying negotiations have broken down.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company