Vlaar set for Villa talks

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is planning to hold talks with captain Ron Vlaar in a bid to resolve the defender's future.

Last Updated: 04/08/14 at 15:31 Post Comment

Ron Vlaar: Set for talks with manager Paul Lambert over his future at the club

Ron Vlaar: Set for talks with manager Paul Lambert over his future at the club

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Holland international has one year remaining on his contract and his impressive performances in the World Cup have led to speculation over a move away from Villa Park.

Southampton are among the clubs linked with the 29-year-old, who was given an extended break following his run to the semi-finals in Brazil.

Vlaar returned to the fold on Saturday but was restricted to the role of a spectator for the club's 4-1 pre-season friendly defeat at Groningen.

With less than two weeks until Villa's opening game of the season against Stoke, Lambert said: "Ron has told me he is concentrating on that game. He's not had much of a break, but he's enthusiastic, positive and raring to go.

"It was a good feeling I got from him. To be fair, it was a really brief conversation I had before the game as I was preparing the lads for the match.

"Ron's got another year still to go on his contract, it's not as if he's at the end of it.

"Once we get back I'll sit with him, we'll have a bit more time, but he loves it at Villa, that's well known."

Experienced goalkeeper Shay Given has also urged the club to do all they can to keep hold of the Dutch international.

The 38-year old told Sky Sports News: “I think there are a few players who are in for negotiations for new contracts at the minute. I’m sure the club are working hard behind the scenes to sort that out.

“Ron had a fantastic World Cup of course, he’s our captain as well and we all want him to stay.”

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Finnegans Wake would have been a better reference point than Ulysses. Far more rambling and incomprehensible.

debra2927
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

I

f I recall correctly, Degsy predicted a 100/1 shot correctly the week after his 150/1 Blackpool 4 - 3 Bolton call. I stuck a fiver on it as an idle bet. Paid for a stag do in Munich. Heady days...

baldini
Backing Hull To Beat United 2-1...

R

odgers prefers Joe Allen to Lucas? If this is true then I'm setting aside a fortnight to finally learn the rules of American Football and I'll give up on real football.

godzilla
The Jammy Gossip

Footer 365

Carlton Cole doesn't know if he will stay at West Ham next season

West Ham striker Carlton Cole revealed he still does not know where his future lies beyond this season.

Louis van Gaal believes David De Gea will stay at Manchester United

Louis van Gaal believes David De Gea will stay at Manchester United despite speculation linking him with Real Madrid.

Roy Hodgson wants Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard on England coaching staff

Roy Hodgson wants Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard on the England coaching team when they retire from playing.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

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