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Berger Off In The Summer?

Patrik Berger has been tapped by an old friend and could be set for a return to Slavia.

Speaking to Hat-trick, Berger revealed that Vladimir Smicer has been convincing him privately to make the move back and even though the SSN website states that Berger has struggled to get into the first team, they comically miss that's because he's been pretty much permanently injured since signing his year extension deal.

'Officially I have not discussed it with anyone but Smica has been persuading me to return and I am already affected by it. I want to return home.

'I am allured to the idea of playing alongside Smica at the new Slavia stadium and I know the coach (Karel) Jarolim, I even played with him in a team.

'But mainly because of my family I would like to settle down finally so that our children did not have to travel about the world.'

Slavia general director Petr Dolezal commented:

'We have discussed it with Patrik's agent Pavel Paska but we rather leave it to Vlada Smicer.'

Bye bye then Berger.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 25 2008

Time: 2:59PM

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Don't tell me to "berger off" Fieldy, you can jolly well berger off yourself :oP
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25/02/2008 15:15:00

Not more departures!! How are we going to cope without his major contributions. He literally won us the game the other week all on his own and has been a virtual ever present (on the treatment table) all season ;-)
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25/02/2008 17:00:00

How strange he gets this new contract and then ends up injured all season?
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25/02/2008 17:05:00

i've heard Eduardo's broken leg is gonna take him 9 months to come back, just a little shorter than when Berger can get fit ;-)
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25/02/2008 17:11:00

I really hope u guys join us in europe next year good young english team players like young and gabby are the future of the england national side.
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25/02/2008 19:53:00

I posted a poll last year on weather we should give sicknote a year deal with one option pay as you play. This, as I hinted would be the best way. Hate to be proved right. Get rid Martin.
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25/02/2008 19:54:00

Feel slightly betrayed by all this. Berger was excellent back end of last season. New contract and he disappears. I guess pyscologically when you are fighting for a new contract that extra few percent of effort required comes a lot easier. Oh well. At least we had half a dozen decent games out of him. VFM?!? ;)
Adam Deuce
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25/02/2008 20:44:00

How will Villa manage without this world class player? Is there anybody who really expected this money grabber to do anything except head straight for the treatment table, just one more year on premiership wages then a comfy retirement back in the old country. We should never have given him an extension, should just have said thanks for the nine or ten subs appearances, and don't let the door hit you on the back on the way out!
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25/02/2008 22:08:00

Waldorf you are right about the Berger we see today, but worth remembering he was a quality player in his day, fantastic shot, great passing ability, its just a pity his best days were behind him when he signed for Villa. He did have an extention to his contract to keep the numbers up but God only knows why.
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25/02/2008 23:03:00

sure col8 during his heyday he was an exciting player, but he has a history of long injury layoffs, if you check his record for Liverpool and Portsmouth its the same story. I do agree we bought him at the wrong end of his career, we've all heard that one a few times! The truth is that in his pomp he would never have signed for us because Villa are the secret european cup winners that play between London and the north west. It was the same with Ginola. The best thing I can say about Berger is that for a short while last year he rolled back the years and gave us a little cameo of what its like to see genuine world class players in claret and blue.
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25/02/2008 23:32:00

id forgotten that we have berger =/
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26/02/2008 05:10:00

Haha, me too Gruck. I don't think this needs a question mark, does it? He's come out and said to everyone the he wants to go when his contract is finished.
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26/02/2008 07:04:00

Waldorf, It's nice to see someone remembers his performances, he is in the same mould as Laursen, but Laursen got over his injuries, Berger hasn't, there are many who assume he is and has taken us for a ride, the fact is we don't know his problems, he could be chomping at the bit to play, we don't know, I will choose to remember seeing some class on our grass. UTV
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26/02/2008 12:08:00

I agree steff, there are a lot of cynical b*****ds out there, it is perfectly possible that he is unable to stay fit and healthy. I too look back fondly, but then I try to do that with all ex-Villans if at all possible.
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26/02/2008 12:15:00

I remember Angel did a similar thing, after his 23 goal season he got the new contract and we never saw the best of him again. O'Leary got us up to 6th, got the new contract and the rest is not worth mentioning.
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26/02/2008 12:34:00

I don't think Berger is on the same level of mercenary self interest as our Columbian hitman. Although what Slavia think they are getting is another matter! If he is always injured here, what will change by moving to Prague?
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26/02/2008 21:36:00

Erm - his physio will speak Czech? ;o)
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27/02/2008 18:11:00

If he could only keep himself fully fit between now and seasons end (a big 'if' I appreciate), then he could still make an impact, and have a role to play as we continue our push for a top six finish. On his day, he's sheer quality.
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28/02/2008 16:22:00

Sadly came to B6 way too late in his career though. trouble is, at the time he was in his prime, we simply weren't an attractive proposition for the true quality players.
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