Exclusive – Aston Villa desperate to keep Vlaar, claims Given

first_imgShay Given admits Aston Villa are desperate to keep Netherlands World Cup star Ron Vlaar at the club.The 29-year-old stopper has been linked with a move away from Villa Park, following a superb showing in Brazil, with Tottenham, Southampton and QPR reportedly interested in the defender.Villans boss Paul Lambert claimed on Monday that the club are set for talks with Vlaar and goalkeeper Given, who will now concentrate on the playing side following a spell as assistant manager towards the end of last season, claims he’s delighted with the news.“Ron Vlaar was fantastic at the World Cup,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “Ron was one of the best players in the tournament. He was a real rock at the back.“As far as I’m aware the club are in discussions with him about extending his contract.“He’s our club captain and we would love to keep him.”last_img