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Laursen To Commit To The Villa

Laursen To Commit To The Villa

Martin O'Neill has revealed that he is taking nothing for granted, but that Laursen has seemed receptive in their last few chats to committinghimself to Villa on the deal that has been offered.

Speaking to the press, he said:

'We want to do it and Martin has been pretty receptive. I cannot say for certain about anything until people actually sign a deal.

'But the fact is there would be a lot of fans at Villa, as well as myself, who would be disappointed if we didn't do it.

'What is the chance of it happening? I couldn't say. We want to do it and we've been in contact.'

O'Neill has however dismissed those reports that put the lengthy delays down to the club wanting Laursen to prove his fitness.

'This has got nothing to do with Martin Laursen proving his fitness. He has done that now. He has played consecutive games when I would have had serious doubts about it this time last year.

'He has proved himself worthy and I want to do it. I've got a lot of regard for a lot of our players in the dressing room and Laursen is up there with any of them.'

Martin also commented on Laursen's bravery and stubborness to not let his knee injury get the better of him, especially in light of how he has come bouncing back both as a rock in our defence, but also at the other end of the pitch showing our strikers what to do.

'Martin is a competitor. He doesn't think there are lost causes. He has been terrific. You would have got long odds on this 18 months ago and it is great credit to him and I genuinely mean that.

'He was desperately trying to get fit. He had been out a long time. Lesser people than him might have thought 'this might not be for me'.

'As for his goals, Martin is on a good run. He could go the next 25 games and not score a goal but he gets chances every game.

'This is not a case of where he is going up the pitch for show. He is not going 60-70 yards, expending energy, without wanting to do something. He is capable and wants to get in there.'

In many games this season it's been a good job aswell, he's been winning us points at the wrong end of the pitch and saving us points at the right end of the pitch.

You certainly cannot ask for more from a centre half.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Sunday January 13 2008
Time: 3:51PM


Give him the money and sign him up for gods sake.
13/01/2008 16:16:00
Laursen signing a contract would make my year. That's how highly I think of him.
13/01/2008 16:18:00
Please martin , please please sign the contract! It makes sense, go on go on go on
13/01/2008 16:23:00
This sounds slightly more positive than a wekk or so ago.... get it signed and then look for 2 or 3 more DECENT players
13/01/2008 17:16:00
Hope he doesn't do an Angel and turn into a championship player after signing his new contract....
13/01/2008 17:44:00
or his knee starts giving him jip again, mr Berger played really well earnt a new contract and aint seen much of him since, living the easy life!
13/01/2008 17:56:00
I think he will sign I think he still owes us, but he might not be able to repeat this seasons performance. He has been exceptional in defense which has helped. His goals are a bonus but as all O'Neil teams score from set pieces I feel if he wasn't there someone else would score. In defense however he inspires confidence and belief and can only be good for Davis who gets better and better. I wonder if Melberg will sign as well.
13/01/2008 18:36:00
Laursen could we'll turn out to be the best "signing" we make this January. Over the past 6 months he's been the best central defender we've seen since 'My Lord' graced our club.....
13/01/2008 20:22:00
Agree, bazzah, sign him up quick. What is it about legendary #5's with dodgy knees? All adds up to cult status
13/01/2008 20:25:00
Sheer common sense says we have to sign him up. No other club in our situation would let such a quality footballer walk out of the exit door, without exploring every avenue to get him to pen a new deal. I'm past caring now just why exactly it has dragged on for so long, lets just get the guy to sign on the dotted.
14/01/2008 01:56:00
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