Writer: J P Fear
Date:Sunday July 30 2006
The Sunday Mirror claim that both Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth want Villa midfielder - and captain in the absence of Olof Mellberg - to bolster their squads.
The club to date have refused offers and caretaker boss Roy Aitken admits that he doesn't know the situation on the 26-year-old's plans after reports suggested he had asked for a transfer.
Aitken said: 'I don't know much about what Gareth has said to the chairman, but all I can say is that he's shown a commitment to the team that is first class. Gareth is a joy to work with and a great professional, and I would not be surprised if other teams are looking at him. But what he gives me on a daily basis is excellent and I couldn't ask any more.'
'Part of my job at the moment is to keep the whole squad focused and upbeat and, particularly when there is all this talk about takeovers and possible new managers, that's a challenge we have to stay on top of.'
One thing is for sure, Roy's press talk is sooooo much better than David O'Leary's. Aitken seems to realise that it is far nicer to hear positive things about the club and players than the dour 'me babies' stuff we got before.
Date:Sunday July 30 2006
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