Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar insists he didn’t consider leaving the club this past summer, but is unsure how things will unfold in the New Year.
Out of contract in the summer, Vlaar’s future at Villa 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, along with reports of interest from the likes of Arsenal, Juventus and Lazio.
The Dutchman’s agent, Arnold Oosterveer, further fuelled rumours last month, when he declared that talks over a new deal were still to get off the ground and that his client was considering his options, prompting an irate response from Villa manager Paul Lambert.
Vlaar himself remains realistic about his future in the West Midlands, but did not want to go into great length about his potential options when speaking to Dutch magazine Voetbal International, for fear of sparking further headlines back in England.
"I have around me, of course, heard and read the rumours," he said, "But it was certainly not that I had courted interest in the last week of the transfer window or anything.
“If clubs call in the winter? I do not know. Everything I say will be magnified in England."
Asked if he contemplated leaving Villa this summer on the back of his stellar showing in Brazil for a more fancied European side, Vlaar added: “No, because at Villa I am in a stable situation [and] can get to an even higher level.
"The matches at the World Cup have given me a lot of confidence. People said that I and the other boys from the Oranje rose above ourselves,” he continued “Well, I do not believe that. The level that I showed in Brazil is my level. Only I have to worry about it week to week.”
Vlaar has been out injured with another calf problem for the past three matches, having missed four games earlier in the season with the same issue, but could return to the side for next week's trip to Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion.