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Villa Defenders Future To Be Sorted

The official site today says that Martin O'Neill is looking to get Denmark international defender Martin Laursen tied to a longer contract.

The former AC Milan defender has just one year left on his current Villa contract and has proved early on this season exactly why David O'Leary brought him to the club. Since his arrival he has had no luck with injuries and fought back from one career threatening knee injury. Hopefully he is now through that and we'll see the same man-of-the-match performance every game!

Villa boss Martin O'Neill said: 'If Martin Laursen was fit, agile and 22, with that sort of attitude you'd be looking at giving him 10 years. He's proving himself here and I've got absolutely no problems sitting down and discussing the future with him. He knows that and I've already spoken to him. When he comes back from international duty, I'll speak with him. Laursen has got a heart the size of a lion. His knees have sometimes been swollen, but he plays and never shirks anything.'

Dodgy knee's certainly never held Paul McGrath back did they?!

O'Neill added on avfc.com, 'We expect Martin to win things in the air for us and when he heads the ball clear, it stays clear. He does really great and throws himself at everything. He's been terrific for us and I'm very pleased with him. His attitude has been absolutely superb and his ability to head the ball has been great. And I think we've been better for it. He's always played well for us and I think he's been outstanding, magnificent.'

Meanwhile Olof Mellberg says the defence is the key to the early season success for Villa.

The Sweden international, who played at right-back against Chelsea, said:

'We were solid on Sunday. We played with three centre-halves and Freddie has played centre-half for Holland as well. That made the back four a little bit more solid. I think that was important, especially at the end of the game, when they threw everything at us. The whole team take credit for the result and for the clean-sheet. That's always the case. It's a team performance.'

Adding, 'If we don't work as a team defensively it's really difficult for us at the back to keep a clean-sheet. So it's all about working hard as a team.'

He also agrees with skipper Gareth Barry saying the win against Chelsea was great but Villa now have to build on that.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 5 2007

Time: 3:50PM

Your Comments

I think you have to secure his signature sooner rather than later a class player for you and in my Fantasy Team.
Dicksy
If he stays fit hecan be a big player for us. One of the greats even. Reminds me a hell of a lot like Kent Nielsen but a much better player. I wouldn't mind if he powered in a 30-yarder for us in Europe next season against Inter Milan though! Ahhhh, memories!
Curteece
Becoming a legend............
Gazvilla
I think he will sign, he knows we have stood by him when he was injured he has said many comments that he owes us.
NY Villa
Amazing defender and attitude. Hope he doesn't drop his performances after getting a new contract ala Angel and even DOL.
Villan444
God Mk II ...?
bazzah
If he can only stay fit and healthy, and lets remember, because of all that has gone before that little word 'if' is a mighty big ask, then he deserves the freedom of Villa Park, let alone a new deal. Realistically though, ML is now what, thirty years of age, so presumably as a club we will only be looking to hand him a two year extension at best. Will that be the length of a deal that he's looking for?
glensider
We have five decent center back's fighting for two position's difficult job for MON to keep them all happy.
chris the villan
Been going down villa park for twenty five years and laursen is the second best player i have seen in a villa top (McGrath being first)he is world class.
chris the villan
come off it chris, the second best? Don't you remember sasa curcic?????!!!! :o)
The Fear
the guy plays every game like it could be his last.for Zat to have 3 experienced defenders with him enabled him to play superb.In the Sun Laursen got a 6 out of 10,A FUPPIN SIX!
Pking
I seen sasa up stoodi bakers on a Wednesday night after a game, and how could we not mention Simon Stainrod what a player.
chris the villan
I reckon he deserves more than a 2 year contract the way he is playing - don't forget he's a Central Defender, and his game is not about pace - it's knowledge, experience, and positioning - he can play on until he's in his later 30's same as Sol Cambell, Gary Speed, etc, etc
YatesyVillain
In the same way that Mellberg and Sorensens futures were to be sorted 6 months ago?!?!?! I guess this means it will be left till the last minute/. :(
DeanoVilla
Yes, thats a worry DeanoVilla. We were also looking at a new extended deal for Luke Moore a couple of months or so back, 'as a matter of urgency', or so we were told.
glensider
 

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