Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has reiterated that the club have received no bids for captain Ron Vlaar, despite the on-going speculation surrounding his future.
Vlaar, 29, has been the subject of multiple transfer rumours this summer following his starring role for the Netherlands at the World Cup, with the likes of Manchester United, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus, Roma and Lazio all linked to his signature at various points.
Entering the final season of his contract, there have been strong suggestions that the club could be forced to sell before the close of the transfer window if the right offer comes in, with his former national team coach Louis van Gaal said to be keen to bring the centre-back to Old Trafford to bolster a depleted back-line.
In addition, having played under Ronald Koeman for one season at Feyenoord before joining Villa in August 2012, the new Saints boss has also expressed his interest in the Dutchman, but Lambert maintains that no club has made an approach at this point.
‘No, there’s been nothing. I’ve not had a single call. Nothing at all,’ he told reporters.
The Scot also stressed that the skipper has been a true model professional despite the rumours, and maintains that their relationship is a strong as it’s ever been.
‘I don’t think it’s got to his head, that’s for sure,’ he added. ‘He’s playing brilliant at the minute, so I don’t want to disturb him with the way he’s performing.
‘And Ron and I get on really well. He’s the captain of the football club, and there’s not been one problem whatsoever. He’s been as good as anything about the whole situation.’
Handed the armband just months after his arrival, Vlaar’s veteran leadership has been vital towards Villa’s efforts to maintain their Premier League status over the past two relegation-threatened campaigns, as one of the few reliable figures at the back.
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Striking up an immediate rapport with new centre-back partner Phillipe Senderos this season, the 31-times capped international has put in two excellent top-flight outings thus far to help the club to back-to-back clean sheets for the first time in nine months.
His potential departure would no doubt be a significant blow to Lambert’s side, and fans will be crossing their fingers in the hope that no teams come calling with a tempting bid at the last minute.