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The Bearded One To Leave?

The Bearded One To Leave?

According to Tuttosport, a regular read in the Fear household (!!), Olof Mellberg who is currently playing as stand in right-back, will be leaving Villa Park in the summer on a Bosman.

The Sweden international central defender can start talks with other clubs in January and sign a pre-contract as his contract with Villa runs out in the summer.

Not quite sure why we've got ourselves in the position where yet another player can leave for free.

The latest report claims that Juventus are interested in signing the Bearded Wonder.

The link makes sense, with Olof being played out of position where he doesn't seem to enjoy being, why would he want to stay around, especially as Martin O'Neill now also has Curtis Davies, Zat Knight and on-loan (at Sheffield United) Gary Cahill to partner Martin Laursen.

Surely the central partnership between Olof Mellberg and Martin Laursen is still the best partnership we've had at Villa Park since Ugo Can't-Spell-His-Surname and Gareth Southgate?

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday October 30 2007
Time: 12:18PM

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30/10/2007 12:42:00
Ehiogu was't it?
Adam Deuce
30/10/2007 12:49:00
I never understand why we allow ourselves to get into these type of situations with some of our better players. Maybe talks have been held and MON knew Ollof was on his way - hence the reason for the splurge on Curtis??
30/10/2007 13:08:00
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The Fear
30/10/2007 13:08:00
yes, think that looks like right Adam, I never could spell it just go blank!
The Fear
30/10/2007 13:08:00
The thing is, if players want to go then that's entirely up to them. Maybe Olof wants a new challenge. Maybe it's family reasons. There's very little the club can do if he decides to move on. I remember him saying in the summer about moving to America, maybe that's in his thoughts.
30/10/2007 13:15:00
Riise in at LB in January and Bouma switching back to the Centre? What do you think of that? I'd be pretty happy with that myself. Then Boswinga to follow at RB. Wouldn't ask for much else.....erm except maybe if we got shot of Knight, recalled Cahill and kept Davies as back-up CB or RB. Don't ask for much eh?
30/10/2007 13:28:00
He was talking about America in the future though weller, not now. He is only 30 and going to America is all but retiring! Is that an application for the job then Yatesy?!?! Bouma used to be central didn't he? Can't see that though, he's doing well on the left and we have a few centre backs.
The Fear
30/10/2007 19:14:00
We'd have to cancel the Vital Beard of the season award I fear, the young pretender to the throne Ridgewell has also gone + Angel and his token gesture has left. All very worrying!!!!
The Fear
30/10/2007 19:15:00
I thought there had been mention of contract talks during the summer, maybe they did not progress in the direction expected thus paving the wat for the bearded one to move on. He is being played out of position we all know that and I guess that maybe a factor as well. In all honesty we never really know who says what, who wants what etc so we just have guess.
30/10/2007 19:27:00
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