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Wilfred Bouma Wants Villa Stay

In a report in the Birmingham Mail Villa left-back Wilfred Bouma has said he would love to extend his contract at Villa after finding his form under Martin O'Neill.

The Dutch international has a one year option on his contract, if Villa don't take up that option by April he can walk on a free in the summer. NO CHANCE!

Wilf said: 'I have an option for an extra season, so I could have an extension for one year. But we have to know before April 30 and so there is not long left,' he said. 'Things are going well for me now. Who knows what will happen? I'm very happy here. My family are happy and that's what you always look for. If you are to play good and feel good you have to be settled and this is my home now. I am very pleased with things here. But you never know.'

And on his form when he first came in 2005 (a 3.5m David O'Leary purchase from PSV Eindhoven) he admitted it took him time to settle in the Prem and he agonised over how he seemed to be struggling.

'I couldn't enjoy playing football because I knew I could do so much better. Now I know I am a better player than when I was in Holland. I came through that difficult time and know that I am now mentally a lot stronger because of it. And that gives you a kick.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 7 2007

Time: 1:25PM

Your Comments

Shrek must stay.
The Fear
Reliable player, well worth keeping him
krisvilla
Very under-rated player in my opinion. Solid at the back, maybe could improve a bit going forward. For all of his plus points Ash doesn't exactly track back much leaving Freddie exposed sometimes. Definately one of our unsung heroes this season. Sign him up.
Jon.H
Certainly one of the unsung heroes. Consistantly 7 out of 10, never let you down kind of player. Worrying to hear of yet ANOTHER player coming to the end of their contract though.
DeanoVilla
No way he'll leave, all this about riise is bollox. We have a left back and it seems everyones happy with him
PTP
Silent Hero. Does a solid job without anyone knowing.
leelindsay
Cult hero, hope we keep him, he always gives his all. Loved it when he got caned in the face against Blackburn and just shook it off and carried on. Could think of a few who would have been rolling around for days after that. He's like a middleweight champion!
weller77
I like Freddie. Solid, reliable defender. Certainly hope he's around the place for a while longer yet. ,
glensider
Another that has to stay he has come on leaps and bounds in the last 6 to 7 months, he is consistent, a solid defender, and hard as nails.
fatloser
Isn't it amazing how many Villa players have come on in leaps and bounds since the days of HDE and DO'L ...
BobTheBuilder
Agreed BobTheBuilder. I do wonder sometimes though whether MON shares our enthusiasm for Freddie. Obviously we will soon find out, but I wouldn't be overly surprised to see a new left full back come on board in January or the summer, with Freddie moving on.
glensider
I was gutted to see Wilf not only leave the pitch but leave the ground by leaping over the fence by the tunnel after been subbed once again by MON. In all honesty getting subbed and replaced by Berger would be gutting for most professionals. He is certainly a player worth keeping at VP for at least one more season. We should have a tribute to Wilf Bouma thread.
col8
Whatever happens we need another left full back in. We have young O'Halloran, but he hasn't convinced me. Not that he has to of course, but......
glensider
 

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