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Mellberg - First Big Name Sacrifice?

This is the start of the rumour that I really didn't want to see but knew we would.

Olof Mellberg is being linked to German giants Bayern Munich.

With the current limbo at the club it appears that most of our players are available for the right fee and that could include the Villa skipper.

Mellberg, who joined for over 5million from Racing Santander in July 2001, has another two years left on his current contract. However whispers have long suggested he isn't happy with manager David O'Leary and he must know that he will win nothing at Villa whilst the current status-quo remains.

If you were him, what would you do? Either stay and face another possible relegation fight or go to a massive German club and win things?

Reports are also predicting another defender exit with Wales international Mark Delaney once again being linked to Blackburn. Delaney had a one year option taken up on his contract by Villa but had wanted a new deal.

Our latest poll asks what you would do if you were Olof Mellberg.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 16 2006

Time: 2:20PM

Your Comments

you definately cant blame him (or any other of our players who are being linked away) theyre all wanting to jump ship before its to late and they obviously dont agree with DOL. Fair enough if we replace the ones that leave but we have to replace them with o'learys players
son_of_cher
will the last one to leave please turn out the lights?!
DougInABox
Doug will turn them off before anyone goes so 1. they can't get out, and more important, 2. save on bills by bending over and letting light shine out of his arris!
mtones
Brilliant player wish him all the best. Shame we cant seem to hold on to any of the fantastic players we've had over the years and build on them, the amount of connections in the world cup to do with villa is amazing.
danvilla2
No real surprise is it? Like many others, I've fully expected him to move on this summer. He's given his all for the club, and good luck to him. He deserves better. A chance to compete for domestic honours, who can begrudge him that?
glensider
I don't blame him one bit, i would swap if i could, infact, ***** it i just did, come on the mighty bayern
eltoro
This rumour doesn't surprise me, however (ducks) I am not convinced that it would not be best for both club and player to part now. Melly has been a good..not great servant and his form for the last 18 months has been shaky to say the least. (How many players could this be said about!) The important thing would be to get a realistic fee for him.... expect the Distin links again
fatloser
 

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