Ron Vlaar's agent alerts Manchester United and Arsenal with latest comments

Ron Vlaar's agent has denied that talks have been held with Aston Villa over a new deal and added that his client is "ambitious".

Just 24 hours after Ron Vlaar attempted to quell speculation surrounding his Aston Villa future, the club captain's agent has reignited rumours of a potential move to Manchester United or Arsenal.

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.

On Tuesday, however, the Dutchman moved to distance himself from reports of a January exit, and even declared that he had held brief talks with manager Paul Lambert over a new deal.

Agent Arnold Oosterveer, though, has now declared that talks are still to get off the ground and, despite not wanting to discuss United or Arsenal’s reported interest, admitted that his client is considering his future.

“We have not spoken to Aston Villa, the club have not requested talks with us,” he told Votebal International.

“The ball is with Aston Villa. Ron is in a situation which is not unfavourable. We are in no hurry.

“I don't want to respond [to rumours about Arsenal and Manchester United], but the natural break for Ron is now and it's the time to take a nice step. He is ambitious.

Oosterveer also revealed that Vlaar had the chance to join Southampton this summer, but opted to remain in the west midlands for another season, adding: “Last summer, Southampton were interested in Ron.

“But we asked ourselves whether that club would be a step forward compared to Aston Villa. Now that club are suddenly second, so things can happen quickly.”

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