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Djemba-Djemba Returns?

ICBrum have reported that Villa remain hopeful that Cameroon defensive-midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba will return for pre-season training.

This, of course doesn't mean he's coming back to play. I dare say if manager David O`Leary still wants to get rid he would prefer to try and sell a fit player. Dj-Dj has been in contact with the club to say that illness in the family has delayed the return.

We'll wait and see on this one, I certainly don't think he's expected to start the game against Arsenal on day 1 of the Premiership season!

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Date:Wednesday July 12 2006

Time: 12:50PM

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I'd rather him to Gavin McCann at the moment to be honest.
Personally I'd rather Berson to either of them.
Villain Of The North
He;s certainly got a bit more of a punch about him. Though I'd be worried about his tendancy to throw both feet into tackles.
i thought he had already gone, a big success he turned out to be!
barry in the middle, berger on the left?
Barry left burger bench/treatment room.
Is berson back for pre season training with the rest of the lads as he is still our player..?
No one's mentioned Berson, but surely we have to presume that he's back. Cant understand Djemba-Djemba. He's hardly helping his own cause. I believe the guy has a huge attitude problem that only he himself can address. At the moment though he's stiffing the club 'big-time', and that cant be allowed to continue.
he cant handle the prem's quality and speed.Needs to go back to French football.Bersons supposed problem, when he was here, was he is a bumpkin and is home sick for frogs legs and couldnt find anywhere that sold stripey jumpers and matching berrets.Any chance of Doug contactin the italian clubs that are going to be relegated and tryin to get some of their less better knowen(but with some quality)players? Is that to far fetched.
I thought he'd left for good! Villa - relegation fodder at this rate!
DJ DJ is pushing it to the limit, he has had his agent tout him all over Europe and no one is interested, so he will stay away as long as he can
He is the sort of player that you give away only to find that he is given back, no-one in Italy will be available for less than 3 million so no joy for Villa there.
What a wonderful signing he turned out to be! our only problem with the sell to buy policy is that no-one wants our players!
very true - why not try dj dj and berson in the middle and give them a run of games and let davis take the right wing. Whats the worst the could happen....relegation?
Who cares where he is? Don't want him back. He can stay away for good because he's useless.
Steve W
Why don't we just stop paying him. That would see the end of him. Then when he sues we can claim he's faulty merchandice!
Get rid of the clown, write him off the Capex. He's a discrace to the club and Premierleague. Remember what he did after the Africa Nations? Turned his phone off and dissapeared for 10 days. The blokes a jumped up muppett and should be playing in Small Heath with the rest of the clowns.
3 points, 1 each to the three above, well said.
Well according to the official site, he returned for pre-season training this morning ( Thursday 13th July) and set straight to work. Let's face it, if we want to get anything for him, we have to have someone who is well trained and able to play football or we might as well cancell his contract but we should be able to get at least 500,000 for him, well worth the effort of training him a bit. I know it's less than we paid for him but it's better than nothing. Personally i think he and Berson should be given a chance, otherwise why did we waist money on buying them and paying their wages? I know that DJ*2 has not really impressed but then niether do many Arsenal players until they are given an extended run in the team. I'm not saying that he should start every game but bring him on regularly or alternate with others so that all our midfielders can get used to playing together. Personally I'd like to see Berson played alongside Davis in the centre of the park with Barry on the left but I am at a loss for the right side, Gardener maybe? If we then need more steel in the centre, sub Davis with DJ*2 (or McCann if he can get his act together again) We need Berson as all except for him and Barry appear to have forgotten how to pass the ball.
Villain Of The North
im sure berson and djemba played together in the middle for nanates and almost won the league and uefa cup!? anyone know how they played in the reserves together?
Totally agree VOTN. We are never going to be able to properly judge DJ x2 or any of the "squad (!)" players until they are given a decent run in the team. From what I've heard Berson did well in France last season and every time he's played for Villa, he's looked ok. You can't expect a guy who has played football in France all of his life to suddenly adapt to the Prem which is totally different. Djemba may well turn out to be the turd we all think he is but until we give him a decent run in the team surely it's unfair to judge him? Although you can't excuse his stupid antics for disappearing again, I think if I was him, I would be starting to think "what's the point" because no matter what he does, he's not going to oust O'Leary's favourites. Davis needs a rest at times so instead of playing players out of position, DOL needs to start using the players who HE spent so long chasing and brought into the club. Just think, if he hadn't wasted that money on Djemba and Berson, he could have bought James Milner...

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