Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan not putting pressure on Ron Vlaar

Brad Guzan

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan accepts that Ron Vlaar's potential departure would just be part of the game.

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan isn’t going to attempt to convince Ron Vlaar to remain at Aston Villa, despite admitting how important the captain is to the club.

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.

While some have since been moved to question Vlaar’s commitment to the Midlands outfit, amid reports of a potential January exit, Guzan accepts that it’s just the nature of the game that players come and go.

“It’d be nice if he sorts that out, but I’ll leave that up to him, his agent and to the club,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.

“You see players come, you see players go – that’s the nature of the game.

“But obviously, like I said, he’s a massive player for this club.”

Vlaar has already been ruled out of Villa’s Premier League clash against Southampton on Monday night with another calf issue, as Paul Lambert’s side look to claim their first win in eight matches.

The team managed to end a run of six consecutive defeats with a 0-0 draw at West Ham United before the international break, thanks to some heroics from Guzan, and the American now believes he and his teammates can bring the in-form Saints back down to earth.

“It was huge and, more so than the clean sheet, it was about getting the result,” he said.

“Whether it was 3-3, or 4-3 and we were to win the game, whatever it would have been, it was important that we stopped the rot.

“With Southampton, it’s quite an odd one, especially after all the players they’ve sold in the summer. They've obviously done a really good job with a quick turnover, and If they keep going on the run they’ve been on then there’s no reason why they can’t finish in the top four.

“But on Monday night we’ll be able to take some points off them.”

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