Aston Villa to reportedly offer Ciaran Clark a new contract

One of Aston Villa's most important players could soon commit his long-term future to the club.

According to a report from the Mirror, Aston Villa are planning on offering Ciaran Clark a new contract at the club.

The 25-year-old has one year left on his current deal but the latest report claims Villa boss Tim Sherwood is keen to tie him down for the long term.

Clark made 29 appearances for Villa last season and he has a total of 136 games under his belt for the club having previously featured 25 times for their under-21s.

With doubts remaining over the long-term future of Ron Vlaar, who is a free agent this summer, the Mirror claims Villa want to secure Clark following recent interest from local rivals West Bromwich Albion.

With Micah Richards recently signed that would see Sherwood having four senior centre-backs to call on, with Jores Okore and Nathan Baker also on the club’s books.

If Vlaar does leave as is looking increasingly likely, Clark’s importance will only increase with the Republic of Ireland international impressing time and again last season.

He is something of an unsung hero in the Premier League, but Villa fans know just how good he is and if he does put pen to paper on a new deal it will be a huge boost going into the next campaign.

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