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Laursen Staying - Cahill Leaving?

Reports this morning are suggesting that Blues manager Alex McLeish is after Villa defender Gary Cahill who spent time this season on loan at Sheffield United. Reports have linked him to Blues and Sunderland before, along with a host of suitors wanting to take him on loan. The price mentioned in the Express & Star is around 4m. Still not convinced a young, quality defender like this should be being sold and hope he isn't, especially to the Blues obviously!

As reported yesterday, in better news, Martin Laursen does however look to be tying up a long term deal at Villa this week amidst reports that Spurs are interested. He said: 'There is going to be a meeting in the middle of the week and we will see what that brings. I would like to stay so hopefully we can find some kind of agreement. I have an agent that takes care of all that. We have had a meeting about what we think is reasonable and what I should ask for. I feel settled on and off the pitch. I enjoy living here.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 14 2008

Time: 11:47AM

Your Comments

Cahill must NOT be sold, especially to the unwashed.
krfeskivilla
Agreed. That lads got a lot to offer
PTP
Being linked to Paul Jewell at Derby also.
The Fear
I definately want him to stay. He's looked very promising when given the chance. Lets not forget THAT goal.
The Usual Suspect
Martin Laursen staying pleases me, Gary Cahill hitting the exit door doesn't. Still all talk and heresay though, so I wont comment until something definite takes place.
glensider
4million is an absolute joke. No surprise there, then.
The Blues Brother
I know Blues Brother - it should eb at least 7m for such a quality player.
CLVilla
I'll probably get shot for saying this now but I think we should let him go (not to Blose of course) He is a great prospect but we now have Laursen (hopefully) long term and Davis making the other CB position his own. OK so we need cover but is it fair to a player like Cahill to expect him to be satisfied with a place on the bench because that is all he will get, he's no where near as good as Laursen and tbh imo not as good as Davis either and I don't think he has Davis' potential either. Zat Knight is perfect for our bench, reliable but not that good that he can demand first team play unless he is willing to go down a division.. Not forgetting we may also retain Melberg, especially when you concider the versatility and personal flexibility he has shown this season. Where does that leave Cahill? On loan for the next 4 years? Of course this is all contingent on us getting a good price for Cahill.
Villain Of The North
My gut instinct tells me that he'll go out on loan again. Laursen and Curtis are our best two center backs. Zat has more experience than Cahill at this level and is therefore a better back-up (right now). With Olly almost definitely on his way, it would make sense to retain Cahill but get him some valuable experience. In another year or two he may be pushing for a start, with Laursen older and Cahill overtaking Zat due to experience gained during loans..... As with the Luke Moore situation, it's easy to become emotionally attached to these youngsters, especially when they score a wonder goal against Small Heath..... Having seen Gary play up-close during the USA tour (and seeing that he is a quality player), one thing did become apparent - he isn't the quickest....
gmvillan
4m is probably a realistic asking price, but even so I'd be very reluctant to see him leave. Disagree gmvillan that at this moment in time Zat Knight is a better option than Gary C. Appreciate that its all a matter of opinion, but Zat is way too casual for my liking, a liability when he's in the line-up.
glensider
Zat definately switches off for moments. He's cost us a goal or 3 this season already.
The Usual Suspect
 

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