Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Berger Wants Extended Villa Stay

Berger Wants Extended Villa Stay

Patrik Berger says he would love to take an extended contract at Aston Villa.

The former Czech Republic midfielder said:

'If Villa offered me a new contract, I would be happy. I love it here and also for the family reasons it would be the best option for me to stay here. I don't really have that many years ahead but there are older guys than me playing in the Premier League. I don't see a reason why I can't do that.'

Berger has played several cameo roles this season, the latest being the second half against Everton where he once again changed the shape of the game. He also had a period in 'exile' at Stoke after refusing to play in the reserves but after making up with Martin O'Neill it looks like the playmaker might well have put himself in contention for an extension to his contract which runs out at the end of the season.

Berger has also been linked to a move to the States to join up with Beckham in the Major League Soccer.

He is certainly quality, if he can stay fit (and he looks fitter than at any other time during his Villa stay) he must surely be worth another season, he gives another option and must have vast experience that he can pass on to the youngsters?

Wonder if there are any 25-year-old versions of him out there that we could buy!

A quick update on this article, the official site have just posted an article saying that Martin O'Neill will enter into talks with Patrik Berger after seeing the midfielder take on a new lease of life.

The 33-year-old can leave on a free in the summer but O'Neill said:

"I will certainly be speaking to him. This is as fit as he has been now for a couple of seasons. It is interesting to look at where he has come from - from not playing for the reserves. I do not have time here to be holding any grudges with people. And I've no time to be sentimental either. He laboured here last year, didn't he? He was never fit and I am sure he was thinking of packing in. This is the best it has been - and yet he hasn't started a league game for us."

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday April 4 2007
Time: 11:13AM


I would definitely give him a new contract. Even if we sign world class midfielders in the summer he has shown his worth during the last few weeks and a fit Berger would be a valuable member of the squad.
04/04/2007 12:17:00
Ive changed my mind I say give the man a new contract he has been better then I thought this season
04/04/2007 12:45:00
He has shown his true quality in the last few games. If McCann is getting a new deal, the surely Berger deserves one too!
04/04/2007 14:10:00
MON's comment that Patrik hasn't actually started a game for us surely has to change this coming weekend? Thirty-three he may well be, looking to the future we too may well be, but I'd offer him an additional twelve month deal in a heartbeat. He has so much to offer the squad, a superb footballing brain, and he's far and away the best distributor of a football at B6. Of the fringe players currently at Villa Park, he's certainly the one I'd be keen to keep onboard.
04/04/2007 16:01:00
I've sighted himi in the past, but his past two performances have cahnged my mind. I'd welcome his stay. Now hows about sending Stan on loan to put a little fire under his bum?
04/04/2007 19:56:00
ow bout give him a pay as you play contract? his good but at his age could get injured easly or am i just bein tight, he would make a great coach!
05/04/2007 01:06:00
hes worked his ass off really, when i saw the repeat of the everton game and i saw him playing but didnt no who he was, i was like whos that big haired fella startin with B? He was getin around better than any ***** ive ever seen, or been with, as well as anyone else in the team. i say if hes still this good by the end of the season, sign him up and give him another run
05/04/2007 10:00:00
Amazing how many players really look motivated and more dedicated in last year of contracts! Definately worth another year as you can see he is quality,let`s not let him go a year early a`la Merse.
06/04/2007 06:33:00
Agree with Newman. How many players turn it on at the end of their contracts. After his two years of nothing, do two or three games deserve another go. If you apply fair play, Lee hendrie is before Berger in terms of effort over the contract periods. Lee will not get another game at Villa. Perhaps pay as you play for both. Lee would accept that but maybe not Berger. Shame they couldn't swap age and ability.
12/04/2007 00:14:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment


Recent Aston Villa Articles

Garde Rallies The Troops - Richards Rallies Amavi

Not an awful lot of news the last few days so to keep me occupied have two interviews from manager Remi Garde and skipper Micah Richards.

Villa Fan In SHOCK Attempt At Positivity

Your thoughts Villans, clutching at straws I know, but do you have any further positives to throw my way please?

Another Dagger In The Heart

HH on yet another dagger in the heart of great supporters of a once great club

We Deserved A Point - Garde

Manager Remi Garde has said he felt the performance in the game against Watford today should've returned a point for Aston Villa.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Mike Field
Steve Wade
Turkish Penguin
Chris Heath
M Calucar
JuanPablo Angel

Current Poll (see more polls)

Watford MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Traore20%
Sub - Gestede0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 14 9 2 3 29 16
2 Leicester City 14 8 5 1 29 8
3 Man Utd 14 8 4 2 28 10
4 Arsenal 14 8 3 3 27 12
5 Spurs 14 6 7 1 25 13
6 Liverpool 14 6 5 3 23 3
7 Crystal Palace 14 7 1 6 22 5
8 West Ham 14 6 4 4 22 4
9 Everton 14 5 6 3 21 8
10 Southampton 14 5 5 4 20 3
11 Watford 14 5 4 5 19 -1
12 Stoke 14 5 4 5 19 -3
13 WBA 14 5 3 6 18 -5
14 Chelsea 14 4 3 7 15 -6
15 Swansea 14 3 5 6 14 -5
16 Norwich 14 3 4 7 13 -8
17 Sunderland 14 3 3 8 12 -10
18 AFC Bournemouth 14 2 4 8 10 -13
19 Newcastle 14 2 4 8 10 -16
20 Aston Villa 14 1 2 11 5 -15
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Blog: Abu Dhabi GP Report
Latest Vital Boxing News
Can Tyson Scoop The BBC Personality Award?
The Vital Football Members League

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Dec 5 2015 3:00PM : Southampton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 13 2015 1:30PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 19 2015 5:30PM : Newcastle United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 26 2015 3:00PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 28 2015 3:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Jan 2 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

1.Pride of Lions19
2.The Fear3
5.Virginia Villan1
6.The Mad Ox1
Vital Football Comment