Former Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar signs AZ Alkmaar extension until 2018

The former Aston Villa defender has battled injury since his release from Villa Park.

Next season will see Aston Villa playing their football in the Championship after a poor campaign. Villa will finish the season bottom of the Premier League and have gone through two managers this term.

The club sold some of their biggest assets in the summer – with Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke both leaving for Manchester City and Liverpool respectively. They also saw Dutchman Ron Vlaar leave on a free transfer.

The Dutch international left in the summer on a free transfer and underwent knee surgery on a long-standing problem. In the end he joined former club AZ Alkmaar in December after being given the all-clear.

He was initially only contracted until the end of the season and last week the former Villa player was speaking about his future, quoted by RTV NH as stating:

"I am now thirty-one. I want to play football very much and I really want to achieve something with a team that. I feel that the team that wants it. The future will tell.

"I really do not dare to say (if I’ll stay at AZ). For this you need two parties. I know that AZ wants and I'm also in favor. So we'll see."

Now however Vlaar has confirmed his future remains at AZ by signing a deal until 2018.

Villa fans began to grow weary of some lacklustre performances from the Dutchman toward the end of his career at Villa Park but overall he was a fantastic servant to the club and was well respected by the Villa faithful.

So they will be happy to see he is injury free and happy back at his first club.

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