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Villa Players Contracts Need Sorting Now!

Contracts need sorting now!!

It has happened to us this summer for the second time; one of our stars has been linked to a Premier League rival when he has 2 years remaining on his contract.

Gareth Barry was linked with Liverpool when he had 2 years left on his deal. But before interest from Liverpool Gareth Barry seemed keen to sign a new deal at Aston Villa but talks were put off by the club as they said they would 'sort out contract negotiations once the season was out of the way.'

This may have seemed clever at the time, not letting one of our stars get distracted from playing because of worrying about contract negotiations, but at the same time it was our biggest mistake. Liverpool made an offer before we spoke to Gareth about a new deal meaning that we had a choice; sell Gareth for £18M or keep him one more season and sell him on the cheap the following year when he has 1 year remaining on his contract (which we did).

Now the exact same thing is happening with James Milner because Villa have not learnt from their mistake in the past! Milner has 2 years left on a 4 year deal that he signed when he joined the club. MON was keen to tie him to a longer deal but agreed with Milner that 'it would be best to hold off contract talks until after the World Cup'. (That was a big mistake!!!) We were left in the same situation, Man City make an offer before we offer Milner a new deal and suddenly we're in the same problem; take Man City's offer or sell him on the cheap next summer when his deal has just 1 year remaining.

So surely now with our remaining stars we want to keep them, so surely we should be tying them all to long-term deals now. Ashley Young, Gabby Agbonlahor, Curtis Davies, Carlos Cuellar, Marc Albrighton and Nathan Delfouneso are all either current stars or look to be the stars of Villa's and England's future (apart from Cuellar).

With Agbonlahor reported to have started contract talks, Curtis Davies wanting a new deal, Ashley Young he wants to sign a new deal and the bright futures of Marc and the Fonz, surely all of these players should be offered contracts keeping them at the club for the next 5 years!

Why are we waiting?

I'd hate to see Ash or Gabby get caught up in a transfer saga exactly the same as Jam£s Miln£r and Gar£th Barry. Surely as soon as this transfer window closes we need to start dishing out new deals before the January window opens and Man City come back in for someone like Ashley Young! We need to keep all of our remaining stars, tying down the likes of Downing, Delph and Dunne would also be a good idea too. All have 3 years left on their contracts but it would be an idea to extend those deals now.

We've seen what happened with Milner, in the same situation that Downing is now contract wise and position in the England recognising; but if he has a good season this year then suddenly next summer he will only have 2 years left on his deal and clubs will start to make offers. If players can't be loyal to their club once a big money offer is made then why not extend the deals now before they get a chance to leave and prevent problems occurring next summer. That way if Man City still want Ashley Young then they would have to pay a lot more than £30M because he would have 4/5 years left on his deal! I think it's time we got these new contracts sorted and tied our stars down to the club before it's too late!


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Writer: astvil123 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 7 2010

Time: 5:18PM

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to be fair, easier said than done. The club would have offered Barry another contract but he was wanting a fresh challenge. The club had spoken to Milner before but by the looks of it, he has had his head turned by £ at Man City. NOthing our guys can do if that is the case, no one in the world has the money Man City have.

The players and agents hold so much power now and the likes of NRC knows he has no need for a new contract, he can make himself very wealthy next summer on a free. Think we have Ash and Gabby on decent contracts and Ash did say he was willing to talk about improved terms as well. Just one of those things with City, just can't compete with that mad money. Both times though, Villa have illustrated they won't be bullied and will only sell at the price they set.
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07/08/2010 17:21:00

The Fear, if Barry had signed a new contract before Liverpool made their move, then we would have got a higher fee for him when he wanted a new challenge/wanted to join a club going places. The Reo-Coker fiasco is entirely of the manager's making. I don't blame Reo-Coker for staying put now and moving next year. Ashley Young and Gabby are young enough to be offered maximum length contracts. I don't know about Gabby, but Ashley has just two years left on his contract. His contract should have been extended by now. As for the point about us not being bullied, we already have been, and given City's money and the prospects other clubs can offer that we can't, it's inevitable. The best we can hope for is to make the bully laugh so we can secure the best deal possible.
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07/08/2010 17:30:00

It could be worse, you could forget to offer the player an actual contract and then they leave for free (that would be incredibly emabarrassing)
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07/08/2010 17:38:00

Forgot to mention, Ash, Gabby, Cuellar, Davies, Albrighton and Fonz all have only 2 years remaining on their deals. That needs to be sorted now!!
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07/08/2010 18:25:00

new contracts means higher wages,the club is already spending too much on wages.They get paid enough without a wage increase every two years.
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07/08/2010 18:50:00

astvil123, Davies won't be playing for Villa again. One more appearance and his wages go up. We're looking to sell him, so the chances of him being offered a new contract are zero - unless a compromise were to be reached and he was offered a new contract with a more modest pay rise. But I think this is unlikely.
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07/08/2010 18:53:00

Rob-EFC, yes but some think you did that on purpose due to his injury, time will tell
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07/08/2010 19:07:00

I disagree. While contracts would seem nice, they're meaningless in today's football. If the player wants to go, he's gone, simple 9 times out of 10 and there's nothing the club can do to stop it. As has been said, you have to allow for if a player might do well, which means his wages are increased, but he's not getting as much as he might have been able too. Conversely, you might have a player on megabucks who turns out to be crap and you're having to lay out whilst not being able to get rid. Indeed, that's the very situation we're in now. It's a totally stupid situation, but until the prem/FA stop this market forces rubbish (that threatens the whole game imo), you might as well keep things as they are.
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07/08/2010 19:51:00

badger0-0, obviously the money in football has ruined the game. And your other points are all good, apart from the one about contracts being meaningless. If a player is under contract and they leave, their club gets a trasnfer fee. There are 25 million reasons why Milner's contract means something.
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07/08/2010 20:01:00

It's a balance between assets and liabilties. Why tie a player down for 5 years when they could loose their foot next week. Get an accountant to explain what goes on, cos they run the finances and determine wether we can afford a new contract over the term. It also makes sense to create a situation where you can sell for a crazy amount of wonga, we won't miss Milner and will contrinue developing witht the profit.
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07/08/2010 20:42:00

Albarnista, yes on this occasion, you're right. Now please explain how it works with Shorey, LY, Sidwell, NRC and Heskey. All of them are going to have to take a drop in wages if they move and the only way around that is if we give them a payoff to match what they'll lose.
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07/08/2010 21:00:00

Oh, sorry Albarnista (I forgot about this bit), the point is that it's swings and roundabouts, so what would we be gaining with longer contracts?
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07/08/2010 21:05:00

I believe it's only right and proper that players should earn long and lucrative contracts. With a bit of persuasion, I think it would be possible for these contracts to be heavily incentivised. A player who is willing to buy into the ethos of a club would be willing to sign a contract that offered him the chance of earning more money by performing well, rather than a contract that offered a lower but guaranteed wage. Players like Ashley Young and Gabby should be offered these kinds of contracts - assuming that a judgement is made that they are of good character. Handing out a lucrative five-year contract to a 29 year old is not a good idea - unless they are guaranteed to be central to your plans over this period.
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07/08/2010 23:05:00

RiF, I'll take that as tacit agreement in what I've said. You're a wise man. Go in peace.
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