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Not Everyone Is Leaving Villa Park

Martin O'Neill has confirmed that he will be offering new contracts to Olof 'the might beard' Mellberg and Thomas 'can't think of a nickname' Sorensen.

In the Birmingham Mail the Villa boss said of the players who both have just one year left on their contracts:

'I would like to get those done as quickly as possible and I'd like to speak to Olof's agent and Thomas' agent too.'

He is also looking to tie up other first teamers to longer deals including striker Luke Moore and midfielder Craig Gardner.

'I've been speaking to Craig Gardner's father about a new contract and Luke Moore as well. Moore has got two years left but he has triggered off something in his contract that he wants us to have a look at now, which I will do.'

Cool, see, they aren't all leaving! ;-)




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 3 2007

Time: 2:03PM

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It will be like signing four new players ;-o
tarzan
Back track back track back track!!!! There is NO WAY Sorensen was part of his future plans 2 months ago, now all of a sudden he wants to offer him a new deal! For the love of god just buy Craig Gordon!!!!
DeanoVilla
Agreed Deano. Why were we trialling the 2 french guys?
Villan444
Deano - might be that they want Sorenson as a No 2 keeper, and they've stalled his contract talks to establish that - or it might be because of the market. Either way it does appear like a change of plans. To be honest, until we get a better keeper we have to hold onto Tommy
The Usual Suspect
Cant see Tommy signing a contract extension if his position as the chief Villa Park custodian is in any way under threat. I dont really think that at this stage of his career Sorensen is looking to be put in a competitive situation, he's going to be looking for assurances that he'll remain the undisputed number one, barring injury or serious loss of form obviously. Agree though that we need to keep him happy until better options out there come to fruition, and while he has his critics, and at times deservedly so, there's few better keepers out there right now who would improve on what we've got.
glensider
To me the two most important positions on the pitch are your main goalscorer and your goalkeeper as both mean the difference between one point or three, so if a class goalkeeper is available pay the money. Losing Cech maybe cost Chelski the title last year, and what comes with a decent keeper is a settled defence!
silkie villain
I am not as concerned about numbers as many seem to be, and will prefer 2 quality signings to 5. The days of the valiant 15 winning us the championship may be long gone - but we are not in Europe and can get by with less than those who are. Gardner and Moore are hopefully going to be fixtures this time around who were not really here last season - i.e. injured or breaking through. Clearly injuries can happen again but quality not quantity is key. A right back is essential however and I totally echo the call for the very best keeper available - Craig Gordon please will do for me. Pay up and get him.
stennyvilla
But is Craig Gordon the best keeper available? I dont know, many out there seem to think so, but I have to wonder on what they are basing their assessment. How many times have they seen him in action? For the price Hearts are looking for, is he that much better than what we currently have? Is he in fact even better than what we currently have?
glensider
How about Thomas "The Flapper" Sorenson.
col8
 

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