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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.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 13 2008

Time: 3:51PM

Your Comments

Give him the money and sign him up for gods sake.
Donzarra
Laursen signing a contract would make my year. That's how highly I think of him.
-Phoenix-
Please martin , please please sign the contract! It makes sense, go on go on go on
krisvilla
This sounds slightly more positive than a wekk or so ago.... get it signed and then look for 2 or 3 more DECENT players
fatloser
Hope he doesn't do an Angel and turn into a championship player after signing his new contract....
Villan444
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!
krisvilla
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.
daveldvilla
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.....
bazzah
Agree, bazzah, sign him up quick. What is it about legendary #5's with dodgy knees? All adds up to cult status
Madirish
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.
glensider
Does anyone on this site and others honestly beleive that MON isn't doing all he can to get Laursen and Olly to sign? Because if you do then you know very little about how business works!!! Do you think maybe its not just a case of chucking money at players!!! its more about the detail. You imagine if MON got Laursen to sign a very lucrative deal some months ago and his knees broke down all you Villa faithful who know it all would be slateing him for it. Hes damned if he does damned if he dont.
gappy65
It's a gamble on his fittness but it's a gamble we have to take! I'd hate to see him move on, surely if we sign him up on a 3 or 4 year deal and he ended up getting injurred and retired, aren't the club covered by some sort of insurance?
*Holte*End*Star*
We've already had 'GOD' at VP, so maybe that makes Laursen the 'Holy Ghost'? Quite apt in front of the Trinity Stand!
YatesyVillain
If Laursen was the only signing in January - I would be a happy man
xfranc
Promising talk, but until its all signed and sealed, I'll not hold my breath.
glensider
 

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