Ron Vlaar drops hint about his Aston Villa future

Ron Vlaar

The Dutch centre-back has suggested that he would be open to extending his deal with the club after experiencing life under Tim Sherwood.

Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar has hinted to the Telegraph that he could still sign a new deal with the club.

Vlaar, 30, is out of contract in the summer and has seen his future become the subject of intense speculation since his starring World Cup performances for Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands side.

A reunion with Van Gaal at Manchester United has been mooted throughout the season, per the likes of Sky Sports, but Villa have managed to fend off reported interest during both past transfer windows.

Nevertheless, with talks over an extension continuing to stall, a growing list of clubs have been named as potential destinations and SportItalia’s Alfredo Pedulla reported prior to former manager Paul Lambert’s departure that Serie A giants Roma were working to sign him to a pre-contract agreement.

However, with the incoming Tim Sherwood since lifting the mood around the club and inspiring a mini revival, Vlaar’s stance on his Villa future looks to have shifted, as the Dutchman outlined following the weekend’s 2-1 FA Cup semi-final win over Liverpool.

Asked whether the final against Arsenal could be his last match for the claret and blues, he responded: “I don’t know, it’s hard to say, but things have changed for me in the past few months since Sherwood took over.

“It wasn’t so good earlier in the year and it’s never good when someone has to go but it felt like a fresh start. Is it possible I could stay at Villa? Yes it is. I want to win the FA Cup anyway, no matter what, and then we will see what happens.

“It’s not something to think about right now. Beating Liverpool feels really great and I also feel things have changed at the club.”

Vlaar has suffered with various injuries during his three seasons at Villa but this term has been his most frustrating, with calf and knee problems limiting him to just 17 total appearances.

The veteran Dutchman also incurred the wrath of fans in Sherwood’s first game in charge against Stoke after conceding a last-gasp spot-kick in a 2-1 defeat, while Fabian Delph has since inherited the captain’s armband from him on a full-time basis.

With Ciaran Clark, Jores Okore and Nathan Baker all performing well in his absence, there has been good reason to believe the now-former skipper is expendable at Villa Park but his last two performances have shown that he still has a great deal to offer the club.

Starring in the 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur and against Liverpool, Vlaar is now keen to further showcase his worth during the final run-in and, if he can help the club both retain their Premier League status and win a first FA Cup title since 1957, then the clamours for him to be handed a new deal are sure to increase ten-fold.

“We’re ready to go again and focus on the league,” he added. “The results have got better and the only thing that gives you confidence is winning games so beating Liverpool will give us another massive boost.”

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