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Shay Given Hails The Calming Tower Of Cuellar

Shay Given has described Carlos Cuellar as 'cool and calm' in defence, adding he's been a towering presence since he returned to the side.

Speaking to the Official Site Given hailed Cuellar's consistency and versatility, and he thinks he's formed a brilliant partnership with Collins since the injury to Dunne:

'He's a great guy around the changing room and since Dunney's been out, him and Ginge have been fantastic. Carlos is very cool and calm on the pitch so he deserves great credit.'

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Sod all that, he's also got a fantastic beard when he feels stylish!

The 'Messi-gate' rumbles on though as Given adds:

'You look at the goal at Blackburn when he set up Charles N'Zogbia, there was a little bit of Messi magic on the wing!'

Carlos doesn't seem to have the poise of Mellberg or Laursen when he goes forward (head down, pile through them as the bodies go flying), he is, shall we say, a little bit more 'legs Akimbo' but hey if it works it works so bring on!

In different quotes from the same interview carried by Sky Sports, Given added:

"I'm not sure what is happening about Carlos' contract situation but I hope he does stay here. People say footballers do too much talking, but Carlos is doing all his talking on the pitch. I'm sure that Randy Lerner and Paul Faulkner and the guys that make those decisions have taken big notice of that."

One of the great things that you can never take away from King Carlos is he wears his heart on his sleeve. He might need one of those last second lunging tackles to make up for being off a bit positionally or not reacting quickly enough, but he's consistent, you know exactly what you are going to get and nobody in their right mind would think he is performing better now because the contract is an issue.

What we've seen for the last few games is exactly what we've seen from the first day he joined the club...and that alone should be why he isn't allowed to leave.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 19 2012

Time: 3:50PM

Your Comments

so why haven't we got him a new contract I wonder? Dunne and Collins can go, he should stay!
The Fear
100% agree Mr Fear.
Green Villan
Yep i'd agree with that Fear!
villawill
Just seen an alternative edit, where Given also says he's sure that Cuellar's recent performances won't have escaped Randy and Paul's attention. Last I heard discussions were taking place but no firm offer had been made yet.
mike_field
Got to be some sticking point, perhaps he's on a massive MON type contract and we can't afford to offer the same deal?
son_of_cher
On friday 16th march I was at perry barr dog track where I spent the evening with family and friends as it is my 45th birthday and when we 1st arrived we were shown to our table and who was on the next table to us? marc albrighton, ciaran clark, eric lichaj, andreas weimann, wee barry bannan and girlfriends, now most of you are probably thinking wow but for me I have come home and I am totally annoyed because as the night went on this group of young lads were a total embarrassment to aston villa football club, throwing their money around and being very loud, banging bottles and glasses on the table, barry bannan is a total *********, within 2 hours he was totally *********d drunk being loud, swearing, saying he was going to be sick on the FLOOR and come the end of the night he was threatening to fight andreas weimann, these young lads are supposed to be the future of aston villa but looking at them tonight I dont hold much faith, they left their table full of drinks and we had a quick recon up and the drinks left behind would cost about 60, DISGRACEFUL.
chasrack
There's only 1 king Carlos, Chasrack sorry o hear you didn't enjoy your night but i have to say when i was the same age as albrighton clark bannan lichaj and weimann you would have probably found me doing the same as these young lads as to be fair these are still young but they also earn a lot of money aswell, they work hard and as long as they play well for Villa then i am not too worried about them getting drunk as long as its not all the while but bannan should be carefull with his drinking after what already happand to him.
clivethevillan
Just wondering what that has to do with King Carlos, chasrock. Back to the editorial...... If they have any sense they'll sign him up ASAP. However, son_of_cher brings up a good point.
Pride of Lions
Wouldn't be too bothered with that chasrock, they're only a bunch of young 'uns, let them have their fun, they'll grow up pretty quickly if they want to have any future in the game. As for the King, I'd be terribly disappointed if he wasn't given a new contract, but as has been mentioned, maybe there's a sticking point with wages, hopefully that's not the case, would hate to lose him for nothing.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
If you agree with that kind of behaviour then you must be classed the same as these jumped up little****s (disrespectful) I was brought up to respect other people unlike some.
chasrack
I too was at the dogs that night with the missus and was trully appauled......she finished 4th.
juddy
Well they were sober enough to start again on Paddy's Day, can't have been a great night for Weimann anyway he was at Cheltenham and didn't win lol

And wind your neck in Chas, no need for the insults. They are young, if they had been really out or order as opposed to just annoying you somebody would've sold the story so need to turn on people here who were also a bit loud when younger.
mike_field
Anyway, the point. Cuellar has previously said that discussions have been taking place but he was still waiting for a concrete offer, hopefully whatever the gap is between his representative's requirements and what the club are planning on offering will shrink and we'll get him signed up well in advance of the end of the season. I'd imagine it's tantamount to how much he wants to stay that he hasn't already signed a pre-contract elsewhere...equally the club must have made encouraging noises for him to hold off, as if it was clear there was no negotiable offer coming he'd be planning for next season already.
mike_field
Must agree I would keep Cuellar in preference to Dunne but also feel the most recent games are not a good pointer as to whether the Collins/Cuellar partnership is solid be interesting to see how it fairs against better opposition. Chas would not get carried away with young men being loud and looking at Bannons size he probably only needs a pint and half to get in that condition,times have changed in our era it was considered disgracefull to not be able to hold your drink these days youngsters consider it a disgrace not to get plastered. As for the value of drinks they left rather they left them than drank them and got into a fight.
Merlin128777
 

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