Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday May 22 2007
Looks like a move to America to join up with Juan Pablo Angel and David Beckham could be off for Patrik Berger after Martin O'Neill said the Czech midfielder has 'earned the right to stay.'
Berger looked a dead cert to leave Villa Park this summer, especially after refusing to play for the reserves and being sent to Stoke (similar to being sent to Coventry I believe, just with more Wedgewood) but after some stunning 'cameo' appearances towards the end of the season, it looks like the former Liverpool and Portsmouth player is set to be offered a new one year deal.
'With luck, he's going to be staying another year. We're happy to have him because his input has been great and he's deserved a new contract himself for his performances. He's had a big influence on the field for us and a good influence on the way we play. He's a great passer of the ball and if he was 22, we'd be looking to sign him for a lot longer than a year.'
'He's had such an influence that I'm sure it's even bigger than he would have imagined, because he was frustrated at being out injured for long periods of time. He knows he has to battle for a place next season, but he's earned the right to stay here and challenge for a place and I don't see any reason why we shouldn't have him here.'
Certainly got the skill and experience to pass on to the younger players and offers a great option late on in games.
Date:Tuesday May 22 2007
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