Former Aston Villa captain and still free agent Ron Vlaar discusses his future

Ron Vlaar

The Dutchman is currently training with boyhood club AZ Alkmaar.

Former Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar has been speaking to the press in his native Holland this week about his future in the game after returning to first-team football training with first club AZ Alkmaar. He went to train with AZ after Feyenoord pulled the plug on a similar agreement.

The Dutchman is quoted by Algemeen Dagblad as telling Dutch media:

"I am sure I am still good enough for Oranje.

"Of course I'd like to train there (Feyenoord), my children are there as well. I do not think in problems but in solutions.

"AZ I can get to work, where I have a past, actually feels very nice. I saw some acquaintances along the line, which is always nice."

So it would seem that Vlaar has his eyes on a return to the Dutch national team, although he will not have the chance to play at Euro 2016 after the Dutch were shockingly eliminated from their qualifying group.

They finished fourth below Iceland, Czech Republic and Turkey in their group leaving them out of the competition - something that has left Vlaar rather frustrated:

"At the World Cup there was a team, together with the staff. I'm very proud of what we put out there, but that feeling is now gone. It is also frustrating that I have not played a minute."

A star for The Netherlands at the World Cup in 2014 he struggled for fitness and form with the club last season and considering his high wages no deal was put together to keep the player after his contract expired at the end of last season and Vlaar departed.

He then had to undergo an operation on a torn meniscus in his knee which has seen him struggle to find a new club since leaving Villa Park.

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