Saturday 20 January 2018

Man United target Ron Vlaar hints he could stay at Aston Villa

Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar
Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar

Ron Vlaar has revealed he could yet sign a new deal with Aston Villa this summer.

The defender is out of contract at the end of the season and was expected to quit the club, with talks on hold until they seal survival in the Premier League. But after helping Villa to the FA Cup final against Arsenal after Sunday’s 2-1 win over Liverpool, Vlaar insisted it is possible he could extend his stay.

“Yes it is,” said the 30-year-old, who signed from Feyenoord in 2012. “Things have changed for me in the past few months since (Tim) Sherwood took over.

“It’s been a hard season for me with all the injuries. Now I just want to play and be important for the team. This helps - you can trust me on that.

“I don’t know about my future but to be part of this feels so good. To feel the joy and relief after the West Brom game (the quarter-final). So many people came on the pitch.

“The impact for the fans; how big this club is and what it all means - I called my dad and said ‘This really means something’. It’s great. Everything helps.”

Villa are still in danger of going down but Vlaar insisted they deserved their semi-final victory and he has been blown away by the Cup.

The Holland international said: “I don’t think I realised just how big it is. You can just see it in the stands and out there on the pitch with us.”

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