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Olof Mellberg - Edging Towards Exit?

Olof Mellberg - Edging Towards Exit?

Don't know about you, but these quotes from Olof Mellberg seem to be suggesting he'll most likely not be sticking around once the season is over.

Mellberg can leave on a free in the summer and has already been linked to several top European sides including Juventus - where Sven-Goran Eriksson, who should mind his own bloody business, recommending him.

Mellberg said in an interview with the Birmingham Mail that talks are on hold for now and he hopes that doesn't mean the Villa fans will question his loyalty after playing his best years at the club.

'I have always given 100 per cent for Villa. I have played almost every game, every season and been really happy. They have been the best footballing years of my career. Santander were a good side then we got relegated the last season I was there, so it was great coming to Villa. They had had an interest for quite a long time, so there was never any doubt in my mind about playing for them and there hasn't been for all these years. It has been great and hopefully the fans feel the same.'

'I've got to take a little time and keep the door open in order to make the right decision. We will see what happens. We have had good communications with the club and my agent has spoken to them as well. There hasn't been any problem so far. It is just exactly as the manager said last week: we will leave it for a bit and then get back to it.'

He also says despite the talk of a move, he is 100% focussed on Villa, especially now the Euro qualifiers are over with success for Sweden.

Just can't see him staying myself, if the club and him really wanted to do a deal, surely it would have been tied up by now, not leaving it to drift so he can talk to others in January?

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday November 30 2007
Time: 1:21PM


I would be very disappointed to see the Bearded One leave. He has been a GREAT servant to the club, and for a number of seasons held the defence together on his own. I think he wants one last stab at European football. If Villa can't give him that next season I think he will move on, and IF he does get the chance to play Champions League with Juventus who can deny him that? Very sorry if he goes, but will definitely wish him al the best ( I think you can guarantee that he won't go to Sty Andrews- he hates them as much as we do!)
30/11/2007 13:46:00
I hope Olof stays, but wont lose any sleep over it if he does decide to go, IF we sign a right-back in January.
30/11/2007 13:46:00
I don't think he's made up his mind about what he's doing. We all spend far too much time reading between the lines of what players and managers say rather than just taking it at face value. He's always seemed an honest guy to me and there's no reason as far as I can see to be fatalistic abut this. If he decides that he wants a new experience abroad then I wish him all the best. He's been as consistent a player as we've had at the club for the last 6 or 7 years and would be difficult but certainly not impossible to replace. after all, he can't pass. Onwards and upwards.
30/11/2007 13:50:00
I'm sure I'm the same as every Villa fan in that I don't want to see Olof leave. However if he feels he wants one last big move (and lets face it Juve are pretty big) before he retires then I would hold no grudge. I just wish we had a right back so that he could play in his preferred position alongside Laursen. Maybe if/when we sign a RB AND we look like qualifying for Europe he'll decide to stay. We all know he loves The Villa.
Adam Deuce
30/11/2007 13:57:00
my worry is it will throw the Vital Best Beard Of The Season award into total chaos.
The Fear
30/11/2007 13:59:00
Just when we're starting to look good! If we lose Laursen too we're back to square 1 next season!
30/11/2007 14:18:00
If he goes he goes, allways liked him and think he allways gave 110% to villa. I just hope that he has been able to pass on all his knowledge of defence to our young cohorts before he leaves, good luck to him if he chooses to leave.
30/11/2007 14:25:00
We have a young team and the 30+ year olds are only there for the youngsters to learn from, although they are very valuable parts of the team we need to move on and we will end up losing the likes of Cahill if he stays. In 2 years time he will be past it and Cahill will be a much better option. Wish him the best in whatever he does.
30/11/2007 14:26:00
He is approaching the twighlight of his career and understandably wants to play European football before he retires. I think he'll leave it to the last minute to see if we qualify for Europe before making any decision.
30/11/2007 14:27:00
He's a gonner.
30/11/2007 15:33:00
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