Tim Sherwood delivers Aston Villa fans encouraging news on Ron Vlaar's future

Ron Vlaar

The Villa boss says that the soon-to-be free agent now wants to stay at the club.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told Sky Sports that Ron Vlaar has told him he wants to sign a new deal with the club.

Out of contract this summer, Vlaar’s future has been the subject of frequent speculation since his impressive World Cup campaign with Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands campaign.

Rumours of a reunion with his compatriot at Manchester United have been rampant over the course of the season [h/t Sky Sports], while a host of other top clubs have also been named as potential destinations in recent months, including Dutch giants Ajax [h/t SoccerNews.NL].

Nevertheless, while talks over an extension are still to get off the ground, the veteran centre-back has hinted of late that Sherwood’s impact as manager could convince him to extend his claret and blue career, telling the Guardian following last month’s FA Cup semi-final win over Liverpool: “Yes it is possible [I could stay]. Things have changed for me in the past few months since Sherwood took over.”

Now the Villa boss himself has given fans a firm suggestion that the Dutchman is set to commit his future to the club, declaring: “I've told Ron I want him to stay and he's said he wants to.

"So his representatives are going to talk the club and I'm confident something can be done. Are we close? Well, put it this way, we're not a million pounds away!

"He's a man who is quite rightly in demand but I can see him being here next season.

"Ron's going to have a lot of options. He's not long come back from a World Cup where he had a really good tournament.

"He's indicated to me that he's happy and I'm thinking exactly the same way, so I'm sure it will get done

"Our best results have come when Ron is playing. He's a great character to have around and has a very calming influence."

Vlaar, 30, has endured a testing season at Villa due to calf and knee injuries which have restricted him to just 21 total appearances, while also losing the captain’s armband to Fabian Delph since Sherwood’s arrival.

When fit, the former skipper has proved a valuable contributor for the most part, although some of his performances have come in for considerable criticism – last weekend’s showing in the 6-1 defeat at Southampton in particular.

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