Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed his frustration at Ron Vlaar’s agent, as contract talks with the defender continue to stall.
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, Juventus and Lazio are also said to be among the interested parties.
The Dutchman’s agent, Arnold Oosterveer, further fuelled rumours last week, declaring that talks over a new deal were still to get off the ground, and that his client was considering his options.
Lambert, however, has rejected claims negotiations have not started, and believes Oosterveer is hardballing the club.
“We have been speaking with Ron and the message from his agent was thanks but no thanks", he told the BBC.
"I'd love to keep him. We've put our foot forward and I'm a bit annoyed the agent says the ball is in our court.
"I'm not blaming Ron in any shape or form. He's been great, good dialogue with him but I don't think you can do what he [the agent] did", Lambert continued.
"The options are open for Ron because he's in his last year, but I don't think you should air your views… especially when they're not true. All you can do is your best to try and keep him. We are trying our best on that front."
Vlaar is set to miss Monday night’s Premier League clash against Southampton with a calf injury picked up while with the Netherlands, having missed four other matches so far this season with a similar issue.