Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan claims captain Ron Vlaar is 100% committed to the club, despite the on-going speculation surrounding his future.
Out of contract in the summer, Vlaar has been the subject of on-going speculation following his starring performances for Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands side at the World Cup, with the centre-back since linked to a host of top European teams.
The club somehow managed to hold onto their star skipper past the transfer deadline, but rumours of a potential reunion with Van Gaal at Manchester United continue to crop up, while Arsenal are also said to be among the interested parties.
With talks over a new deal still to get off the ground, recent reports have claimed that the Dutchman is set on leaving the club following the season, but Guzan insists that his teammate has nothing but Villa on his mind at this point.
“It’s very important [the club sign him to new deal],” he told Sky Sports News HQ. “Ron’s a big part of our team as the captain of the club, so hopefully he can sort out his situation as soon as possible.
“I know he’s 100% committed to picking up as many points as possible. He’s an important part of our team and continues to give his all each and every time he’s on the pitch.”
Now on international duty with the US, Guzan helped end Villa’s run of six consecutive defeats on Saturday with five outstanding saves in the 0-0 draw at West Ham United, earning a place on the Premier League’s team of the week for his efforts.
With Villa hosting Southampton in their first match back after the break, before subsequent fixture against Burnley, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion, the American believes the club are in a prime position to make a run up the table.
“It’ll be important for us now to go back to Villa Park and try to get another positive point against a team that is not only doing well on paper but has assembled a very strong side over the summer,” he said.
“Then those next games are where you want to get results. We know the Premier League is competitive from top to bottom and there’re no easy games. We’ve just come off a very tough run of fixtures but we’ll hopefully use the West Ham result to build on.”