Report: Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar keen on Premier League stay, Southampton move mooted

The soon-to-be free agent is believed to have turned down a move to Turkish giants Besiktas ahead of his Villa deal expiring this summer.

Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar has turned down a summer move to Besiktas, according to Eurosport TR.

Vlaar, 30, is out of contract at the end of this month and has been linked with a host of clubs since his impressive 2014 World Cup campaign with Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands side.

HaberTurk reported earlier this week that the Dutchman was in negotiations with Besiktas over a potential deal but it is now believed that he has ended talks in order to weigh up other preferred options.

A reunion with compatriot Van Gaal at Manchester United has been mooted [h/t Sky Sports], with the veteran centre-back said to be keen to remain in the Premier League, but Eurosport TK name Southampton and Napoli as the likeliest destinations.

Villa themselves have confirmed that Vlaar has been offered fresh terms but the soon-to-be free agent has suggested that he is set for a departure after telling the Dutch media at the weekend that he “can go a step higher”.

Speaking to Voetbal International, he said: “I have in consideration [a new deal], I think about it. I want to maximize my career and think I can go a step higher. I will look at it [before deciding].”

Vlaar’s comments come off the back of a testing season at Villa, in which he was restricted to just 23 total appearances due to calf and knee injuries and lost the captain’s armband to Fabian Delph during the run-in.

In addition, the experienced stopper has also been ruled out of the Netherlands’ crucial Euro 2016 qualifier in Latvia later this week after aggravating his hamstring in training.

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