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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."




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 4 2007

Time: 11:13AM

Your Comments

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.
jonah
Ive changed my mind I say give the man a new contract he has been better then I thought this season
Christo
He has shown his true quality in the last few games. If McCann is getting a new deal, the surely Berger deserves one too!
Geordie_Villa
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.
glensider
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?
505anthony
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!
Newman
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
AussieVilla
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.
ASPINALL
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.
morky13villa
 

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