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Berger - A Tasty Villa Option

Berger - A Tasty Villa Option

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.

O'Neill explained:

'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.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday May 22 2007
Time: 1:14PM

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quality player, MON has worked his majic yet again on a player that looked the wrong side of 33......in his last few games he looked more like the right side of 29 !!!!!!!!!!!
Stig
22/05/2007 16:45:00
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Hope the big czech stays hes a good player
calum72
22/05/2007 16:47:00
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Talking of JPA played his 1st game for NY Red Bulls and set up 2 and scored a goal they loved him (and his new short hair). The commentators could not get over his work rate. It was a shame though to see as only 10,000 fans showed up.
NY Villa
22/05/2007 18:33:00
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No complaints from me. He's come back from the dead and buried and outta here. A 12 month deal is the very least his performances in 2007 to date deserve. Forget his advancing years, the guy has class and ability, and he will be a huge asset to have around during next season.
glensider
22/05/2007 19:39:00
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I'd like him to take the option of 12 more months at VP. However, he still has an appealing and very lucrative option to move across the Atlantic. He has showed he still has the hunger and desire to play at the top level, but still has a lot to prove! If he had stuck it out in the reserves during Xmas, he could have forced himself into the 1st team sooner, and this 1 year option could quite easily have been 2 yrs! Credit to MO'N for wiping the slate clean and giving him a chance. However lets not take it for granted that Berger won't rock a steady ship - if complacency sets in, you'll have to stick it in the reserves - no qualms! I echo all sentiments on Paddy Berger that many have already commented on - I just hope he's not seeing $$$ signs (his agent (Pavel Paska) is after all the same as a certain Milan Baros') and commits to another 12 months at least....
bazzah
22/05/2007 20:38:00
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Stick him on pay as you play. We like him but are no fools either. UTV
morky13villa
22/05/2007 22:29:00
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Who posts on the poll "relegation scrap". Obvious the 6% of fans from other clubs.
morky13villa
22/05/2007 22:55:00
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Honestly he did well towards the end of the season which should have marked the end of his career at Villa Park, sorry to weewee in the fireworks but he should be let go, free to go to America to seasl one more big payday. Is he one of the players to help Villa rise through the ranks to the top four in the League. which one of our close rivals would be playing him next season?
col8
23/05/2007 01:36:00
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Understand your skepticism col8, and offering him the one year extension obviously might blow-up in our faces, either through injury, loss of form, attitude problems, whatever, but on his form since returning from his exile in the potteries, he's looked very good value for the 12 month deal, and despite his age I think he still has options to offer that would be otherwise non-existant at Villa Park. He'll probably only be a bit-part player, but an important bit-part player at that, and as long as he can live with that, then lets get him signed up says I. As bazzah quite rightly says though, he does have alternative offers, and the lure of the mighty dollar, plus a two year deal, may swing his choice towards a move to the States. We wait with baited breath.
glensider
23/05/2007 08:39:00
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well with Uncle Martin O'neill lookin for mainly young'ns it will be good to have him around
AussieVilla
23/05/2007 10:24:00
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