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Bouma Free To Talk To Other Clubs

Wilfred Bouma has the blessing of Martin O'Neill to talk to other clubs with his contract ending in the summer.

Speaking to the Official Site today Martin O'Neill wished Freddy the best for the future and praised his attitude in and around the club.

'Freddie epitomises the kind of qualities we associate with top Dutch players, I have the utmost regard for him and he has been a totally positive influence at the club.'

O'Neill explains that Bouma has fought back from his injury, and the subsequent toe injury valiantly and he fully understands why he would want the move to secure first team football again while he still has the chance to.

'He really wants to get back to the level of which he is undoubtedly still capable, so he wants to take this opportunity to do that and I wish him only the best.'

Makes perfect sense really both for the club and the player, although it would've been fantastic to see Boum Boum back in a claret and blue shirt - even if only the once - following his horrific ankle injury against Odense.

Like Martin, I wish him the best.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 6 2010

Time: 3:22PM

Your Comments

Wilfred Bouma - hahaha
Mark Thomas
Sad, but inevitable. Good luck Freddie...as long as you don't join the unwashed!
krfeskivilla
Good luck Wilf, we hope it works out for you.
holte ender 1969
Shattered, Bouma was my faviourite player. It would have been good to see him go out on loan for a year to see if he can get back to his best. i mean you've just spent the last 2 years on his wages (good on the Villa for doing that i must say), Much better player than Warnock in my opinion.
liamo1981
Shame :( I've always been a fan of Bouma and would of really liked to see him back. There's still always a chance he'll stay, we could do with him really aswell, as back up to Warnock and possibly to challenge for the Left-Back position. He'd definatley help add some depth to the team, currently I feel we have a reasonably strong starting 11 but no players on the bench that can replace one of those 11 players and not weaken the team, I really see that as a problem. I'm not saying we have awful back up or anything, we've got some amazing youth players currently breaking through that i'd love to see more often, but as far as decent experienced back-up, were lacking a little.
Callum_ws
Is he still under contract? If so I expect to still see him at VP next season, as no other club will match his wages while taking the risk on an injuried player
2fishinatank
Wow... I'm speechless. I'm starting to get the feeling this is gonna be a summer clean out where we lose a billion players and get 0 pounds for them.
Astriel
Trident??? Fair play to the club for sticking by him as he was obviously good in the dressing room and it gives the other players belief that the club will look after them if they get injured so we dont have them pulling out of challenges etc. He obviously will never be the same again no matter what anyone says. 2 years out will take a long time to get back in the swing of things. 10 years ago, it would have ended his career.
Villan444
Speaking of pulling out of challenges. I have seen downing pull out of them many times this season..... But on topic good luck to Bouma, he was one of my favourite players. Always composed on the ball.
sonicdeathmonkey
 

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