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Laursen Man-Of-Match & Set To Stay?

Vital Villa asked for your man of the match votes for the 2-1 win over Spurs.

No shock that the defensive rock AND goalscorer got the nod with 68% voting for Martin Laursen.

That left:

Scott Carson (5%)
Olof Mellberg (5%)
Curtis Davies (4%)
Gareth Barry (3%)
Ashley Young (3%)
Gabby Agbonlahor (3%)
Luke Moore (3%)
Stiliyan Petrov (3%)
Nigel Hokey-Cokey (2%)
Wilfred Bouma (1%)

Pretty resounding choice then. Talking about Laursen, want-away keeper Thomas Sorensen says he is sure that the player will stay at Villa. “I know he’s really happy here so if the offer is right, then I’m sure he’ll stay,” adding in the Express and Star, “Martin’s done really well – I sat behind the goal against Tottenham and watched him and just his presence in the air is immense. Just one flick can be really dangerous with three or four quick players around, but he won every single ball. I’ve seen him play really well before but his game really suits the Premier League. It’s very physical and there are a lot of balls in the box and if there was a world championship for heading, he’d be a gold medal contender, that’s for sure. That’s just his game.”

And Martin O'Neill has said he is desperate for Laursen to stay. Talking to the Birmingham Mail the Villa boss said: 'I've spoken to his agent and we're in the throes of putting some sort of proposals together. We're listening and we're talking now. We desperately and definitely want to keep him.'

With Laursen adding, 'I think both parties have talked. I have just concentrated on playing football and I think the manager has as well. It has been a hard period. When we have got the Manchester United game out of the way, then we will meet up again. I told my agent to take care of everything. I trust him, I just want to concentrate on my football.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 3 2008

Time: 2:52PM

Your Comments

I think we all know that signing up ML on a longer deal is a no brainer. The man is set to go down in Villa folklore. MON's quote says it all "We desperately and definitely want to keep him."
Adam Deuce
Shame, I'd love him at Spurs... can't see it happening. Yopu boys are getting a great team together!
Dan Mac
no surprises there. he should be the backbone and first name on the team sheet for many years to come hopefully.
villabikes29
Dodgy knees, great defender, reminds me of somebody... ;)
delirium
But we've been talking about him signing a new deal for weeks, no months, now. Talks are always taking place next week, yet nothing ever materialises. Time surely for the cheap talk to stop, and some serious discussions to get underway.
glensider
Absolutely - we seem to be doing everything we can in terms of performances on the pitch to demonstrate we are improving and can hit top 6....but more needs to be done OFF the field. Whatever it takes - and if it means breaking a pay structure, we HAVE to do it. At some point we are going to have to realise that you have to pay top players top money. We are getting the gates full signs up around Villa Park...surely that helps to balance the books?
YatesyVillain
Things really are dramatically improving all round at our club. The advertising thats going on all around the city - the new shop - the new ST holder iniatiives - we are no longer the corner shop outfit we were under the old penny pinching clown. I agree though, Laursen is one player we HAVE to sign up. He is world class. Not quite God standard, but not too far from it. Mellberg i want to stay too, but if he chooses to go to Juve or similar, who can blame him?
The Usual Suspect
Hi, just popped over the fence with a question for you guys. Why the hell have Villa let two of their better first team players get to a point that they can walk on a Bosman?? Have they not learnt from Judas Campbell?
Scott Spur
Only MON knows that. There has been talk of contract negotiations for the both of them since the summer. I think mellberg is seriously considering leaving - Martin Laursen is a different topic. I believe MON wanted to see whether or not his knees could stand up after the operation last year. Laursen will sign, he's made it clear he wants to - Melly i'm not so sure of.
The Usual Suspect
It seems like such a risky game to play nowadays, I'm sure in Jermain Defoe's case for example, if he doesnt sign a new contract by March, he will be transfer listed. The sums involved mean clubs cant let millions of pounds just waltz out the door - especially to their closest rivals!!
Scott Spur
I'm with you on that Scott Spur. It is indeed a very risky game, and clubs simply cant afford to drag their feet when negotiating new deals, something we really seem to be guilty of regarding Martin Laursen and co.
glensider
 

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